One of the most delightful, clever and helpful books about marriage I’ve ever seen.- Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and CommittedThe book is grounded in solid research, makes economics entertaining, and might just save a marriage or two.- Bloomberg NewsA convincing and creative case for how the dismal science can help reconcile marital disputes.- Washington PostThe more you think about it, the more it makes perfect sense.- Sunday TimesPractical, compelling, and often hilarious...The minute I finished the book, I started to experiment on my husband.- Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
Results From Our SurveyWhat we heard from the more than 1,100 people who took our Exhaustive, Groundbreaking and Very Expensive Marriage Survey:
- #2 reason people don't have sex: "Not in the mood"
- 49% use praise to get what they want
- 35% regret not being honest with their spouses
- 83% have sex when they're not in the mood "to make their partners happy"
- 76% disagreed with the statement, "The amount of sex should diminish over time"
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Category Archives: dating
Market noise is that annoying tendency we all have to listen to what everyone else is doing and wonder whether we should be doing the same. And Valentine’s Day is a very noisy holiday. Single people hate it since the world gets to spend all day reminding them that they are single. Married people hate it because it is a forced dose of Hallmark-induced “romance. Continue reading
A classic example of the problems that arise from asymmetric information–when one person knows more than another–is the blind date. Continue reading
How long after you met your future spouse did it take you to have that thought? It’s a question we asked people who took our survey (you know, that Exhaustive, Groundbreaking and Very Expensive Marriage Survey we can’t stop talking about?), and … Continue reading