Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love

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There's a marketplace for sex and love, and you're in it. In Dollars and Sex, economist Marina Adshade converts economic theory into a sexy science by applying the principles of supply and demand and other market forces to matters of love and libido. As she does in her hugely popular blog of the same name, Adshade unlocks the mysteries behind our actions, thoughts, and preferences using engaging research, economic analysis, and humor. The end result is a fascinating look at just how central the interplay of ...

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Overview

There's a marketplace for sex and love, and you're in it. In Dollars and Sex, economist Marina Adshade converts economic theory into a sexy science by applying the principles of supply and demand and other market forces to matters of love and libido. As she does in her hugely popular blog of the same name, Adshade unlocks the mysteries behind our actions, thoughts, and preferences using engaging research, economic analysis, and humor. The end result is a fascinating look at just how central the interplay of libido, gender, love, power, and economic forces is to the most important choices we make in our lives. Ultimately she shows that every option, every decision, and every outcome in matters of sex and love is better understood through economics.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert H. Frank
Economists may seem soulless, unlikely guides to affairs of the heart. But Dollars and Sex, a delightful book by Marina Adshade…may convince you otherwise…she summarizes her own research and that of other economists, and shows that forces of supply and demand indeed loom large in the implicit market for romance.
Publishers Weekly
Ever wonder why a high-value mate faces intractable levels of search friction in the saturated courtship market (read: why a nice guy can’t get a date)? If so, Adshade’s got news for you. In this blog-to-book treatise on the relationship between sex and the free market, the University of British Columbia professor discusses sexual behavior in terms of micro- and macroeconomic principles. Chapters dealing with the latter are the book’s most successful; her reporting on external forces—such as widespread Internet use, mass incarceration, and income inequality—lead to provocative conclusions on the future of marriage. On the other hand, sections devoted to microeconomic principles and institutions are circuitous and opaque, and are frequently broken up by distracting digressions. However, when the two sides of her argument converge, Adshade’s strong suit is clear—she deftly relays the basics of economics (in this case, comparative advantage) using statistically observed behavior, and shades her position with astute reporting on external cultural and economic conditions. The content of the book springs from an undergraduate course Adshade teaches called “Economics of Sex and Love,” so readers unfamiliar with Econ 101 (or Sex 101 for that matter) needn’t fear—Adshade’s an understandable and engaging teacher. Agent: Danielle Svetcov, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (Apr.)
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"A most stimulating and rewarding read."-
-New York Journal of Books

"Sex, love and romance are the obsessions of poets and songwriters. Why not of economists, too?"
-Ben Steverman, Bloomberg

"Economists may seem soulless, unlikely guides to affairs of the heart. But 'Dollars and Sex,' a delightful book by Marina Adshade, an economist at the University of British Columbia, may convince you otherwise."
-New York Times

From the Publisher
"Economists may seem soulless, unlikely guides to affairs of the heart. But 'Dollars and Sex,' a delightful book by Marina Adshade, an economist at the University of British Columbia, may convince you otherwise."
-New York Times
From the Publisher
"A most stimulating and rewarding read."-
-New York Journal of Books

"Sex, love and romance are the obsessions of poets and songwriters. Why not of economists, too?"
-Ben Steverman, Bloomberg

"Economists may seem soulless, unlikely guides to affairs of the heart. But 'Dollars and Sex,' a delightful book by Marina Adshade, an economist at the University of British Columbia, may convince you otherwise."
-New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452109220
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 790,186
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Marina Adshade teaches economics at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. In 2008, she launched an undergraduate course titled Economics of Sex and Love, which invited her students to approach questions of sex and love through an economist's lens. The course was an instant hit, and led to the launch of the blog, Dollars and Sex.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Wonderful book in which the author puts forth a whole new way of

    Wonderful book in which the author puts forth a whole new way of looking at sexuality and the dynamics of attraction between the sexes. REALLY worth the time to read. 5 stars at her presentation. I couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    Be the hit of the party

    I found this book really fascinating. I always want to know how people's minds work, and this takes it even further by examining how economics affects relationships and sex, and puts the population in focus. It can be a little dense on the statistics at times, but a lot of her findings make sense. There are so many interesting tidbits in here, you'll be the hit of the party if you memorize just a few of them!

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    Posted June 13, 2013

    Juliana

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    Ok

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    Posted June 23, 2013

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    Posted June 14, 2013

    READERS AND WRITTERS ATTENTION

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    Posted June 14, 2013

    Chris to the ladies

    Which one of you wants to take controk of me? I will obey your every command.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Dollars and Sex

    This book might be awesome

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    Posted June 12, 2013

    !l

    Nasty. Ppl will do anything for a book. I would not pay a penny for this trash. Bn, is this all you coukd come up with fir a selection?

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    Posted June 12, 2013

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