Opinion | The Economic Case for Marriage: Invest in ‘Future You’

By Peter Coy

Produced by Vishakha Darbha

Why are so few Americans walking down the aisle? Despite being a net good for society — tying the knot could be as good for your health as giving up smoking — marriage rates in the United States have been on the decline for decades.

The Opinion writer Peter Coy wants to see that trend reverse. Inspired by his own son’s wedding, Coy makes the argument for getting married as an investment in “future you.” Like any investment, he says, some go bad, “but you’ll never get the benefit of it if you don’t try.”

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This Opinion Short was produced by Vishakha Darbha. It was edited by Kaari Pitkin and Annie-Rose Strasser. Mixing by Sonia Herrero. Original music by Isaac Jones and Carole Sabouraud. Fact checking by Mary Marge Locker. Special thanks to Kristina Samulewski and Shannon Busta.

Peter Coy has covered business for more than 40 years. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter. @petercoy

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