The rich marrying the rich makes the income gap worse, but it’s not our biggest problem | Brookings Institution
It is important to keep a sharp distinction here between description and prescription. The trends being described are the result of millions of private decisions, and of broader social and cultural changes in the roles and life chances of women and men, the function of marriage, the nature of courtship and mating (especially in an era of online dating), and so on. Nobody wants a National Marriage Agency choosing our partners for us according to an egalitarian algorithm.
But we should be attentive to the dangers of class segregation more generally. Assortative mating may be a symptom of the greater separation of neighborhoods, occupations, educational institutions, and communities.