More money means more divorce

GDP divorce rates


This week I was on China Central Television, the largest broadcast in the world, talking about global divorce trends (true confession: I had to google it before I spoke with authority to 1 billion people globally).

As I share in the clip, there is a direct correlation between affluence and divorce. The wealthier a country is, the higher the divorce rate. The more economy opportunity for women, the more frequently they file for divorce. The lower unemployment rate, the higher the divorce rate.

Bottom line: The more money people have, the more they can afford to leave unhappy unions. The more money women in a society have, the more likely they are the ones to initiate divorce.

As we close the pay gap, what does this mean for marriage, divorce and family?



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