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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.

© 2008, Georgia Family Council and Institute for American Values. No reproduction of the materi- als contained herein is permitted without the written permission of the Institute for American Values.

ISBN: 1-931764-14-X

Institute for American Values 1841 Broadway, Suite 211 New York, New York 10023 Tel: (212) 246-3942 Fax: (212) 541-6665 Website: www.americanvalues.org Email: info@americanvalues.org

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