We humans tend to look for simple solutions, like a route to success or financial security.
Raise the minimum wage, make sure everyone goes to college, raise government retirement benefits, etc.
The data are pretty conclusive. The more intact the family, the better the education outcomes. In a new IFS study released Monday, research psychologist Nicholas Zill reports that when it comes to graduation from top colleges, “students from intact families are twice as likely to do so as those from all other family types combined.” WSJ 5-26-20
While this article relates to education and family, I think the message is applicable to many aspects of life. Simply put, individual decisions and life choices matter, perhaps matter most.