OST OF THE PUBLIC DEBATE over marriage focuses on the role of marriage as a social, moral, or religious institution. But marriage is also an economic institution, a powerful creator of human and social capital. Increases in divorce and unwed childbearing have broad economic implications, including larger expenditures for the federal and state governments. This is the first-ever report that attempts to measure the taxpayer costs of family fragmentation for U.S. taxpayers in all fifty states. Among its findings: Even programs that result in very small decreases in divorce and unwed childbearing could yield big savings for taxpayers. M
The report’s principal investigator is Benjamin Scafidi, an economist in the J. Whitney Bunting School of Business at Georgia College & State University. The co-sponsoring organizations are the Institute for American Values, the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, Georgia Family Council, and Families Northwest.
The co-sponsoring organizations are grateful to Chuck Stetson and Mr. and Mrs. John Fetz for their generous financial support of the project. The principal investi- gator is grateful to Deanie Waddell for her expert research assistance.
On the cover: Man and Woman Splitting Dollar by Todd Davidson, Stock Illustration RF, Getty Images.
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