chapter  7
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Social Capital, Marriage, and Children

He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune. Bacon, Essays

We are heirs of the ages with respect to the institutional forms and practices that make possible the accumulation of knowledge and material wealth, public and private. After some general remarks about social institutions, we proceed in this chapter to the intriguing subject of marriage, which may be viewed as an investment since it can be the source of much psychic income and can even enhance material wellbeing.