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Friday, September 12, 2008

A quote from A Treatise on the Family, by Gary S. Becker

"Previous chapters, in their consideration of marriage, division of labor, investments in children, and other family decisions, have neglected imperfect information and uncertainty. Imperfect information can often be disregarded without much loss in understanding, but it is the essence of divorce, search in the marriage market, contributions by children to elderly parents, a good reputation, and other behavior." [p. 324]

"For example, participants in marriage markets hardly know their own interests and capabilities, let alone the dependability, sexual compatibility, and other traits of potential spouses." [p. 324]
All this is true and contributes to a high divorce rate. But a lack of faith in and understanding of the institution of marriage also contributes to divorce. A lighhearted view of marriage and all too easy acceptance of divorce can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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