Marry young, marry bright

Researchers at Bath University studied over a thousand couples, and I'll let the BBC report the results:
They found that if the wife was five or more years older than her husband, they were more than three times as likely to divorce than if they were the same age. If the age gap is reversed, and the man is older than the woman, the odds of marital bliss are higher. Add in a better education for the woman - Beyonce has her high school diploma, unlike husband Jay-Z - and the chances of lasting happiness improve further.
Older men have higher status, more money, and more experience than younger men. Education as an important variable for lasting happiness suggests that when a man desires a woman with an education he's doing so for another reason than her looks. This comes after Justin Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson's research showing that inequality between women and men has decreased, but happiness of women has decreased, both absolutely and relative to men, since the 1970's. It's unfortunate that evolution is undermining equality in this fashion.

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