Dollars and Sex

Dollars and Sex

How Economics Influences Sex and Love

Book - 2013
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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 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.
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781452109220
1452109222
Characteristics: 271 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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AnarchyintheLC Feb 05, 2014

This was fairly readable, but very low-quality. The author took an eye-catching subject and managed to market that, but the "economic" analysis of sex and love falls flat. In particular, the author's rotation between talking about "rational decisions" that people make in dating markets and then discussion of biological biases and impulses; these 2 things are in direct conflict. There are very few things in life that we are LESS rational about than love and sex - in order to make real decisions based on market information we would need more complete data about "market conditions", freedom from some of our more obvious psychological biases, and a better understanding of our own long-term happiness. This would have been better written as a behavioural psychology book. Skip it.

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Jul 05, 2013

I take my hat off to the author for taking an interesting subject and viewing it through a boring lens. This book offers a handful of useful insights but by the time you get close to the end your eyes have started to gloss over in true economicspeak fashion. Although the concepts used are fairly basic, I'm glad the author didn't use graphs to explain them otherwise the whole book would have died on the vine. It is obvious that love and sex have associated costs I think we all are aware of that. Where this particular school of economic thought falls short is assuming that humans are rational and act in their own best self interest. If you are like me and believe that we act rationally only a small fraction of our time and in this day and age we should be thinking about out collective well being if we are to survive as a specie then make sure you read this book with those thoughts planted firmly in the back of your analytical mind. All in all this is a book worth reading.

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