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Econ Prof.'s New Book Discusses Marriage and Economics

St. Lawrence University will celebrate a new book written by Steven Horwitz, Charles A. Dana professor and chair of economics, which brings together the social institution of marriage and economics.

Titled Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Horwitz argues that families are social institutions that perform certain irreplaceable functions in society. These functions change as economic, political, and social circumstances change, and the family form adapts accordingly, kicking off the next wave of developments in the social structure. Horwitz offers a non-conservative defense of the family as a social institution against the view that either the state or “the village” is able or required to take over its irreplaceable functions.

Horwitz has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and New York Post for his position on the topic.

The book celebration will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, in the Sykes Common Room, located on Park Street across from the Brewer Bookstore. For more information, contact 315-229-5998.