IMAGINE that the world consists of 20 men and 20 women, all of them heterosexual and in search of a mate.
Because most seek husbands of the same race—96% of married black women are married to black men—they are ultimately fishing in the same pool.Mr Charles and Mr Luoh controlled for crime rates, as a proxy for social dysfunction, and found that it made no difference to their results.They concluded that “higher male imprisonment has lowered the likelihood that women marry…and caused a shift in the gains from marriage away from women and towards men.” Learning and earning Similar problems afflict working-class whites, but they are more concentrated among blacks. The collapse of the traditional family has made black Americans far poorer and lonelier than they would otherwise have been. In 2007 only 11% of US-born black women aged 30-44 without a high school diploma had a working spouse, according to the Pew Research Centre.Then, after crunching the census numbers, they found that a one percentage point increase in the male incarceration rate was associated with a 2.4-point reduction in the proportion of women who ever marry.Could it be, however, that mass incarceration is a symptom of increasing social dysfunction, and that it was this social dysfunction that caused marriage to wither? For similar crimes, America imposes much harsher penalties than other rich countries.
They are also more likely than white women to seek work.