The Economics of Marriage

The economics of marriage is an important part of the marriage ecosystem. On these pages you will find many articles from respected authors in the field such as Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Dr. Douglas Allen, Robert W. Patterson, Dr. Patrick F. Fagan, and many other authors.

We live in society where money is an integral part. In western culture, one must have a certain amount of money in order to live, so living in western culture requires that each person obtains and circulates money. Since it's such an important part of society, the flow of it on a large scale has its own discipline, and this discipline is called economics.

Economics is an important aspect of the marriage ecosystem for several reasons.

1. Scientists need to study the this subject in order to understand the economic impact of marriage on society as a whole. This enables them to make policy recommendations to the government.

2. Understanding the economic implications of marriage helps all of us to understand the gravity of the marriage, which helps us make better decisions for our personal lives as well as when it's time to vote. Accurate information is good for everybody.

In keeping with the large scale theme we have here at, all of these articles will look at the issue from a broad perspective that encompasses large groups of people and societies. Economics, in general, is the study of financial implications across an entire society. We will address this issue as it relates to marriage in these articles. Check back often, as we will be adding more and more articles as time goes on.

Added Jan. 23, 2012:

Here's an interesting article from the Wall Street Journal that address the ever-increasing cultural divide in America. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Leftists are typically the ones who decry these things, yet their policies are to blame. Lack of incentives for marriage, out of wedlock childbearing, and the decline of religion play a major role in harming the economics of marriage. From the article:

"Married, educated people who work hard and conscientiously raise their kids shouldn't hesitate to voice their disapproval of those who defy these norms. When it comes to marriage and the work ethic, the new upper class must start preaching what it practices."

Read more here: The New American Divide, by Charles Murray

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