Michael De Groote, Deseret News, 3/2/2013
But if people's perceptions of the purposes of marriage have contracted, the reality of marriage's broad influence has not. A research survey report by Alex Roberts at the Institute for American Values in 2010 found the economic impact of marriage is huge – increasing net worth by as much as 600 percent... The Institute for American Values report showed that singles who got married increased their household incomes by about 50 to 100 percent within five years. A large part of this may be due to "selection bias." Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, director of the John Templeton Center for Thrift and Generosity at the Institute for American Values, explains that people who select marriage may have other personality aspects that improve finances.