In a new research report, “Father Hunger: An Economic View of Delinquent Fathers,” Emsi uses national statistics and economic analysis to show delinquent fatherhood is a major drain on the US economy.
Children of delinquent fathers are less likely to graduate high school than their peers from two-parent homes, and the result is lower earnings over their lifetimes.
The lifetime earnings loss from the lower educational attainment equates, in present-value terms, to nearly $83,000 per child. With an estimated 19.7 million children with delinquent fathers, the average annual average loss in productivity represents a $34.8 billion loss to the national economy each year. After accounting for associated ripple effects, the total economic loss to the United States as a whole is $60 billion per year.