Using data from an experimental evaluation of the New Hope project, an anti-poverty program that increased employment and income, this study examined the effects of New Hope on entry into marriage among never-married mothers. Among never-married mothers, New Hope significantly increased rates of marriage. Five years after random assignment, 21 percent of women assigned to the New Hope condition were married, compared to 12 percent of those assigned to the control group. The New Hope impact on marriage was robust to variations in model specification. The program also increased income, wage growth, and goal efficacy among never-married mothers, and decreased depression. In nonexperimental analyses, income and earnings were associated with higher probability of marriage and material hardship was associated with lower probability of marriage.
- A happy healthy marriage
- Economic and well-being mediators
- Marital status
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)