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:
- 48% have sex when they're not in the mood "to earn good will"
- 77% agree with the statement, "The amount of sex diminishes over time"
- The hardest part about being married: 'Agreeing to disagree'
- 84% are confident their spouses will never cheat on them
- 75% have sex when they're not in the mood because they "expect to enjoy it anyway"
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Category Archives: economists
There are a lot of ways I could be a better human being. I could try acting like my husband hadn’t committed treason every time he leaves a table of dirty breakfast dishes. I could remember that it is a 2-year old rite of passage to ask “Why?” 7000 times a day before I snap and respond, “It just is, okay?” Continue reading
Bart Lipman studies decision theory and game theory at Boston University, and is also one of the founding editors of Theoretical Economics. Here’s a picture of him at a recent board meeting, where it seems economics is taken pretty seriously. … Continue reading
A “smart marriage” is one that both spouses agree is a success. As a minimum, it is better than any other arrangement that they might consider. Hopefully, it is much better than that. Continue reading
Ray Fisman is the Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise at Columbia University’s business school, which, as far as we can tell, means he teaches MBA students how to make money AND do good for the world. He is also … Continue reading
After the babies, the married brain has better things to do—micromanage, focus on those babies, create comfort zones. Marriage love can then burrow deeper, to the marrow. Continue reading
That’s Seth Gitter, his wife Marie and his 1-year-old daughter Sylvia. Seth is an assistant professor of economics at Towson University where his research focuses on child development in Central America. He also dabbles in the economics of minor league … Continue reading
In our third installment of Economists in Love, we talk to two economists who are in love–with each other. Shelly Lundberg and Dick Startz are professors at the University of Washington, where she studies family and labor economics, and he does work … Continue reading
Jeff Ely is an economist and game theorist at Northwestern University. When he’s not teaching, or being elected a fellow, or editing Econometrica, or studying sunk costs, he’s blogging at Cheap Talk, where he’s got some good advice on managing … Continue reading
Economists are a romantic bunch. Seriously. To prove it, we’ve interviewed a few of them so you can see just how sexy the dismal science can be. First up is Daniel Hamermesh, author of Economics is Everywhere and an economics … Continue reading