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:
- #1 reason people don't have sex: "Too tired"
- 78% had sex daily or at least two to three times a week when they were first married
- The hardest part about being married: 'I can't do everything I want when I want to'
- 34% keep fighting after they can't remember what they were originally fighting about
- 48% offer to do "something in exchange" to get what they want
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Category Archives: sex
This was submitted by a reader named Rob. He says he isn’t married, but has a girlfriend, and appears to already have some ideas on where things are headed.
We say we’ll save. Instead we buy some kickin’ cowboy boots. We say we’ll diet. We buy a box of munchkins. We say we’ll put out tonight. We knit some socks for Uncle Jimmy. Bottom line: We suck at self-control. … Continue reading
How do we ask for sex without risking rejection? Effective signals help improve coordination – on teh baseball field, and in the bedroom. Continue reading
We met a lot of couples while canvassing the U.S. and prying into people’s sex lives. And we heard all sorts of creative ways to keep the bed springs bouncing: Date nights, sex goals, habits (every Monday at 2, for example). But one we really liked was booty duty: when one spouse calls for it, the other has to comply. Continue reading
The Laffer curve, named for economist Arthur Laffer, is often used to argue in favor of tax cuts. The idea is that the more you increase taxes, the more money you’ll collect–to a point. After that point, which is the peak of the … Continue reading