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Divorce hurts U.S. economy

A recent paper from the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) in America has looked at the part a successful marriage has to play in macroeconomic growth.

The study found that divorce causes men to become less productive, and therefore can undermine America's prospects for recovery and prosperity.

MARRI Senior Fellow Henry Potrykus said:

"Marriage causes economic growth. Married men experience greater rates of income increase than single men, and the rate of income increase for a newly divorced man drops almost to that of his always-single counterparts through the divorce. Because of this, the explosion of divorce in this country has resulted in a loss in productivity growth. The divorce revolution has undermined growth in the U.S. economy.

"Besides population effects originating in the 1960s and 1970s, there are no other consequences of policy change that have had a greater effect in slowing economic growth than the divorce revolution."

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