Dollars And Sex: How Economics Influences Sex And Love by Marina AdshadeDollars And Sex: How Economics Influences Sex And Love by Marina Adshade

Dollars And Sex: How Economics Influences Sex And Love

byMarina Adshade

Hardcover | February 15, 2013

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InDollars and Sex, economist Marina Adshade converts economic theory into a sexy science by applying the principles of market forces to matters of love and the 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 and economic analysis - and no small dose of humour. The result is a fascinating look at how the most important choices we make are influenced by the interplay between sexual drive, gender, love, power and economic forces.

InDollars and Sex, you'll find answers to such questions as:

  • Is modern marriage just an opportunity to consume more goods and services?
  • What is the relationship between rising rates of casual sex and the widening earning gap?
  • How do we sabotage our chances of finding a mate when dating online?

Ultimately Adshade shows that every option, every decision, and every outcome in matters of sex and love is better understood through economics.

MARINA ADSHADE has a PhD from Queen's University and has spent the last ten years teaching economics and engaging in original economic research. In the fall of 2012 she will move to Vancouver to teach in the Department of Economics at the University of British Columbia. Marina writes regularly for The Globe and Mail and Canadian Busine...
Title:Dollars And Sex: How Economics Influences Sex And LoveFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:272 pages, 8.75 × 5.75 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.75 × 5.75 × 1 inPublished:February 15, 2013Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443410551

ISBN - 13:9781443410557


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Conversational Starter I flew through this book in a few days because it was both fascinating and entertaining. It explores sexual behaviour through the eyes of economics and comes to some surprising (and amusing) conclusions. I particularly liked the part where author Marina Adshade re-writes the traditional wedding vow with humour and brutal honesty. Read it. You will never look at your relationship choices the same way again.
Date published: 2013-03-18

Editorial Reviews

"Marina Adshade is one of the few economists I read for pleasure." - Professor Frances Woolley, Carleton University, Globe and Mail contibutor"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.." - Robert Frank, The New York Times"Adshade’s strong suit is clear—she deftly relays the basics of economics ... 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." - Publisher's Weekly"Adshade has compiled the titillating facts and figures from her course and her blog on into her first book Dollars and Sex. You may have never thought you'd read about fiscal theories for pleasure, but Adshade shows how the very compelling topics of love and sex are better understood through the lens of economics.." - Book of the Week Everything Zoomer"As a writer, [Adshade] is blissfully unsentimental about her material. She’s interested in people’s choices, not in judging them. And by viewing everything through a market lens, she avoids the kind of panicky moralizing about sex, love or marriage that infects other writing on the subject...The pleasure of reading Dollars and Sex, in other words, is that Adshade doesn't have and agenda to push, nor any Gladwellian "Aha!" moments to neatly package. The book is a clever collection of small conversation-ready revelations packaged in an accessible way." - Canadian Business Magazine"In Dollars and Sex, Adshade uses everything from prostitution to online dating to demonstrate how economics work in practice. The result is a book that is both provocative, and informative." - Winnipeg Free Press