I next propose a tax on marriage homogeneity! Why? Well, Tyler Cowen points to some new research:
Assortative mating is returning to Gilded Age levels
Ignoring the possibility that more homogeneous marriage matches may themselves be reflections of inequality and stratification, think about the policy implications of these results of you are planning on leveling the playing field for those who did not win the lottery in life. Where are the proposals to “tax” marriage quality? You can imagine it would be very easy to police – add up the years of schooling of both parties and if those years exceed some specified number, then we impose a huge tax on the marriage, or simply forbid it. We could also forbid marriages where the sum total of schooling falls below some threshold. There would of course be no downsides to all of this – and I cannot even conceive of a way that the “Gilded” families could get around such a high-minded and well-intentioned plan.
In the meantime, I’ll prepare the business plan I have for my new private tutoring company.