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Family Breakdown and the Economy: Jennifer Roback Morse (Transcript)

Full text of Jennifer Roback Morse’s talk on Family Breakdown and the Economy. In this talk, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, long-time Research Associate at the Acton Institute, and Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, gives practical steps everyone can take to make the family great again.

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Trey Dimsdale – Director of Program Outreach at the Acton Institute

It is my pleasure to introduce Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, a good friend of the Acton Institute, a good friend of mine.

Dr. Morse is the founder and the president of the Ruth Institute, now headquartered in St. Charles, Louisiana, which is a global nonprofit organization committed to marriage and to countering the cultural effects of the sexual revolution. Dr. Morse is an economist who studied at the University of Rochester and then taught economics at the Yale University and George Mason Universities.

And as you can see from this list of books, an accomplished author, a speaker who is constantly on the road, speaking in many different, both friendly and hostile environments. And so today she’s definitely come to be among friends, and we’re very pleased that you’ve come to join us today. Thank you, Dr. Morse.

Jennifer Roback Morse – Economist

Thank you, Trey. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Well, it is a pleasure for me to be here today, and will I get feedback if I’m too close to this mic? Okay, I’m all good. Forget that thing. Okay.

It’s a pleasure for me to be here today. The subtitle of this talk is The Acton Institute Meets the Ruth Institute. As you know, the mission of the Acton Institute is to promote a free and virtuous society, and the mission of the Ruth Institute is to equip advocates for the family at home and in the public square.

Now, my relationship with Acton goes way back to 1991, when Kris Mauren called me up. Now, in 1991, as you can imagine, this was very early in the Acton days, and in fact, I’m pretty sure he was calling me for, if not their first conference, one of their first conferences. And he says, Jenny, we’re putting on a conference in October of 1991, and we need some Catholic free market economists, and there aren’t so many of them that we should be forgetting about you. So we want you to come, and I said, Kris, that’s wonderful, I’m excited, but let me close the door.

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