Unemployed? Maybe it’s your Mom’s fault

Well, not exactly. A recent study at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that men raised in a single parent household led by their mother were at a particular disadvantage in terms of education and employment. Studies have shown that these men were less likely to have attended and completed college, therefore putting them at a distinct disadvantage in a job market that increasingly demands that employees have at least a bachelor’s degree and often more.


The impact of less education and therefore lower level jobs becomes a vicious and repeating cycle. There is substantial disagreement on whether  the reduced fortunes of men raised in single parent households is causal or casual, but additional study on the impact is underway. The declining prospects for men in the workplace, the past several years are often referred to as a “man-cession,” is one of the most puzzling and disturbing recent trends.

Here’s a link to the full article as it appeared in the NY Times:
Study of Men’s Falling Income Cites Single Parents

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