The Marriage Contract

How the dismal science applies to your life.
Sept. 12 1997 3:30 AM

The Marriage Contract

Divorce is just a breakdown in negotiations.

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This analysis is far from exhaustive, and I know from much recent experience that Slate readers will forcefully call my attention to scenarios I've failed to consider. Let me pre-empt them and go a step further by pointing out a basic question I've ignored: How does a change in the marriage contract affect a couple's decision about whether to get married in the first place? There's a lot of interesting economics in that question, and if I manage to sort it out, I'll let you know.

Steven E. Landsburg, author of The Armchair Economist: Economics and Everyday Life, is a professor of economics at the University of Rochester. You can e-mail him at armchair@troi.cc.rochester.edu.