Intriguing new research published in the journal Population Research and Policy Review suggests that divorce rates spike during times of economic recovery.
This counter intuitive finding actually has a historical precedent, as Johns Hopkins sociologist, Andrew Cherlin, noted recently in a Los Angeles Times article on the study. Cherlin said that a similar trend happened in the wake of the Great Depression in the 1930s. When the economy contracts, couples stay together; when economy prosperity picks up, so do divorce rates.
In the wake of the more recent “Great Recession” of the last decade, divorce rates also dipped. Between 2009 and 2011, there were nearly 150,000 fewer divorces than trends suggested there should have been.
Cherlin and other experts suggest that the pause in divorces might not last. Sociologists believe that the pause just reflects the fact that unhappy couples stay together during hard times. But they’re still unhappy, and they’ll strive to split as soon as they have means to do so.
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