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Essay:The Invisible Hand of Marriage

The invisible hand of marriage is an unseen force of productivity that results from the marriage of a man and woman.[1]

The invisible hand of marriage is more powerful and influential than the "invisible hand" identified by Adam Smith in economics. Indeed, the source of productivity from Smith's invisible hand has been erroneously attributed to purely economic considerations, without properly factoring in the productive force of marriage. Self-interest and greed are not the primary driving forces of the invisible hand, but marriage is. Much of the sociological explanation can be found within the well-grounded academic Preference theory.

Key elements of the invisible hand of marriage include:

  • the powerful incentive to work for the benefit of someone else who needs your efforts, such as a spouse or child
  • the motivation to work for a future that will likely extend beyond one's own life
  • the checks and balances against unproductive activity, anxiety, depression and addiction, from the very different perspectives of a man and a woman
  • the insights and wisdom that result from complementary outlooks by a man and woman in marriage
  • the pushing and prodding, analogous to what a supervisor, coach or sergeant does, that encourages and compels people in marriage to achieve their best
  • a division of labor that enables each spouse to work on what he or she does best
  • the ability to raise and educate children better by utilizing both the male and female perspectives and experiences on life
  • the ability to raise children with the combined wisdom of a male and a female
  • a solid God-like relationship of love such that each partner desires one another to make it to the finish line, Heaven.
  • reducing the impact of health difficulties by providing care.
  • maintaining relationship stability and monogamy with a public declaration of fidelity.


Just as the economy is worse off without the invisible hand identified by Adam Smith, nearly everyone is worse off when they lose the benefit of the invisible hand of marriage. Anxiety, depression, addiction and other unproductive activity begin to dominate the person who rejects or ignores the invisible hand of marriage.

"Married people are generally healthier than unmarried people, as measured by numerous health outcomes. ... These studies find, for example, that marriage improves certain mental health outcomes, reduces the use of some high-cost health services (such as nursing home care), and increases the likelihood of having health insurance coverage. In addition, an emerging literature suggests that growing up with married parents is associated with better health as an adult. Marriage has mixed effects on health behaviors — leading to healthier behaviors in some cases (reduced heavy drinking) and less healthy behaviors in others (weight gain)."[2]

Same-sex marriage

There is no invisible hand of marriage if those purporting to be married are of the same gender. Virtually none of the above elements exist in a same-sex "marriage". Same-sex "marriage" is a recipe for unproductive activity, anxiety, depression and addiction, and lacks the enormously beneficial checks and balances provided by a true marriage.

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  1. This concept was first discovered and developed on Conservapedia. When this entry was generated here, a Google search on "invisible hand of marriage" did not find a single reference on the Internet: "No results found for 'invisible hand of marriage.'"