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:
- 11% frequently have sex even when they're not in the mood
- The hardest part about being married: 'Making myself less of a priority'
- 36% have sex when they're not in the mood because they "feel guilty"
- 49% use incentives to get their spouses to do things
- The hardest part about being married: 'Toilet seat'
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Category Archives: trade offs
No, he didn’t cheat on me. And no, I didn’t cheat on him. There’s been no 911 calls, no visits from child services, and no threats to cut off the electricity. So what happened? I took a great new job … Continue reading
I’ve concocted a commitment device and her name is Nina. She’s a friend who lives one block away, loves to run and can help me get the running stroller and baby down two flights of stairs at 6:30 a.m.. In douchebag Wall Street parlance, it’s win-win: Kid #1 gets fresh air, I get bonding time with the baby and a friend, and my ass might even shrink a bit along the way.
Making these lists always irked me. It was a reminder that I did more. I wanted my husband to know all the useless yet vital information occupying precious space in my shrinking brain. Who made me the 24-hour manager of our family? Continue reading
Woke up this morning to yet another new study. I think I mentioned recently how much I hate new studies. Well, this new study claims to have discovered that working parents are too stressed to go to the gym, call a … Continue reading
The “Adjustment Bureau” had a few things goings for it (aside from matt Damon): It was a story about trade-offs, and we love Hollywood movies about economic concepts (yep, we’re those kind of dorks). Matt Damon is told he can be a New York Senator, and even U.S. president if he just gives up true love. Love or Money. Happiness or success. Bliss or bullshit politics.
Did you jump into marriage without a thought? Had not a single doubt? Saw no difference between saying I Do to a lifetime of monogamy and saying it to a shoe salesman? If so, stop reading. If not, if you’re … Continue reading
We interviewed hundreds of couples for Spousonomics. We talked to everyone we knew about their marriages. We collected a lot of great stories. Here’s one that shows the value of a smart trade-off. Ever since she was 15, Lindsay had … Continue reading
Photos of a family bed. The opportunity cost of life with two kids? Order, and a bed we can all our own. Continue reading
It’s not like I could say no. When my husband told me he was invited to Davos, that picturesque Swiss alpine village where Very Important People pay half a million dollars to pretend to work for five days, what could … Continue reading
1. Flossing 2. Going to the gym 3. Eating fruit 4. Playing catch with my kid 5. Writing back 6. Showing up on time 7. Reading Thomas Mann 8. Blogging 9. Saying thank you 10. Having sex Photo courtesy of … Continue reading