Jennifer Roback Morse


  • President and Founder, Ruth Institute

Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., is Founder and President of the Ruth Institute. Dr Morse was selected one of the nine top Catholics of the Year in 2013. She discovered an assumption made by Adam Smith, the founder of modern-day economics. Smith took for granted that somehow helpless children grow into functioning adults capable of making contracts, keeping promises and having empathy for others. In other words, she discovered that the economy depends on the intact family raising children. Religious thinkers and ordinary moms and dads knew this all along, but Dr. Morse brought this common sense observation into direct contact with economic analysis. This discovery, which she fully develops in her seminal work Love and Economics, is the basis for all of her subsequent work promoting what are now called "socially conservative" issues. In addition to Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village (2001), Dr Morse is also the author of Smart Sex: Finding Lifelong Love in a Hook-up World (2005) and in 2013, with Betsy Kerekes, 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage: Simple Ways for Couples to Grow Closer to God and One Another. Dr. Morse earned her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Rochester in 1980. She taught economics at Yale University and George Mason University. She has served as a Research Fellow for the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty and has held fellowships at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Cornell Law School, and the University of Chicago's economics department. She founded the Ruth Institute in 2008 to help religiously serious students understand why a free society requires socially conservative values, with marriage being the centerpiece around which the rest revolve.

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