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:
- The hardest part about being married: 'Toilet seat'
- The hardest part about being married: 'Different points of view'
- 76% disagreed with the statement, "The amount of sex should diminish over time"
- 40% of men say they do more than half the housework
- 47% sometimes have sex even when they're not in the mood
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Category Archives: housework
Working moms are apparently happier in their marriages when they’re super busy at work. That might be because their husbands tend to then help out more at home, according to researchers. (And p.s., husbands who do more housework have more … Continue reading
I’ve written before on this blog how my husband and I divide the housework basically using the theory of comparative advantage: We each do what we’re best at relative to other tasks. I pay the bills, he sweeps the floors. … Continue reading
This week, Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and his Columbia professor wife Anya Schiffrin discussed our book in New York Magazine. Bottom line: They liked it. I think I can retire. They did make me think, though, when they brought … Continue reading
We recently answered readers’ questions on the New York Times’ Freakonomics blog, and one question has stayed with me: How do you weigh the value of physical chores — such as laundry folding and snow shoveling — vs. psychological chores … Continue reading
It is simply amazing the number of tasks associated with feeding, clothing and preventing bodily harm to two small children. Fortunately, the law of comparative advantage says each person should specialize, rather than dividing everything 50/50 and then bickering forevermore … Continue reading
This week, a guest post from Jessie Knadler, a writer and friend who blogs at Rurally Screwed. Since moving from Manhattan to rural Virginia, Jessie, seen hauling a fence post above, has found herself with some unexpected views on married … Continue reading