Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love

Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love

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by Marina Adshade
     
 

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Like Freakonomics, Dollars and Sex takes economics and converts it into a sexy science by applying the principles of supply and demand, and other market forces, to matters of love, courtship, sex, and marriage. As she does in her hugely popular blog, author Marina Adshade explores the marketplace for sex and love using research, economic analysis,

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Like Freakonomics, Dollars and Sex takes economics and converts it into a sexy science by applying the principles of supply and demand, and other market forces, to matters of love, courtship, sex, and marriage. As she does in her hugely popular blog, author Marina Adshade explores the marketplace for sex and love using research, economic analysis, and humor to reveal just how central the interplay of libido, gender, love, power, and economic forces is to the most important choices we make in our lives. Call it "Sexonomics."

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.)
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452126951
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
03/19/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
967,665
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Marina Adshade is a professor of economics at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, and the author of the blog Dollars and Sex. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Dollars and Sex : How Economics Influences Sex and Love 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Stephreads More than 1 year ago
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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