Correlation of Marital Tax Breaks and Divorce Rates in the United States Introduction The following study consists of a statistical analysis between the independent variable of marital tax breaks and the dependent variable of divorce. The findings reveal that the policy of instituting marital tax breaks has not achieved its stated intention of strengthening the institution of marriage. Opening Statement When filing as a couple, married people obtain greater U.S. federal tax benefits than unmarried people. This fact reflects a governmental policy of supporting and encouraging the institution of marriage via tax breaks and other bureaucratic means. However, divorce rates have been increasing over the past several decades, to a point at which...The end:
.....d has the drawback of not accounting for different rules impacting the lower and higher end of martial couples (by income). Therefore, other statistical approaches that can ‘flatten’ all the percentiles of married filers should be carefully considered. The resulting index would be able to compare all married filers from one year to the next rather than taking the 50th percentile as a proxy for the entire space. References Brink, H. & Van der Walt, C. (2005). Fundamentals of research methodology for health-care professionals. Toronto: Juta & Co. Creswell, J. (2009). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. Reynolds, P.D. (2007). A primer in theory construction. Boston: Pearson Education.