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The Love Market: What You Need To Know About How We Date, Mate And Marry [Paperback]

Marina Adshade
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Jan. 27 2014

The book that garnered major media coverage around the world-now in paperback

Economist Marina Adshade's theories on the interplay of market forces in the matters of love and libido have brought her attention from around the globe. Bloomberg News, The New York Times, The Independent, The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal, Chatelaine, Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, Fox News, CBC Radio and Canada AMM, to name but a few, have sought out her expertise. Using engaging research and economic analysis, and no small dose of humour, Adshade unlocks the mysteries behind our actions, thoughts and preferences regarding sexual relationships, gender, love and power. She conclusively shows that every option, every decision and every outcome in matters of sex and love is better understood through economics.

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“The Moneyball of booty.” —NATIONAL POST

“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.” —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. . . . Adshade’s an understandable and engaging teacher.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

About the Author

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 Business. She has made numerous appearances on CTV and CBC, as well as CBC Radio and National Public Radio. Marina has also been featured in international and domestic print media, including the London Daily Mail and Reuters. Follow her on Twitter @dollarsandsex.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, quirky book July 28 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Quite an interesting delve into the 'economics' of relationships. A solid lit-discussion and general re-think of traditional relationship perspectives. Lots of surprising results, and lots of relationships that show how real economic decision-making and our sense of morality may be at odds. Though not particularly prescriptive, there are pieces that you can apply to your own life, especially if you are young, though the real value is probably more in its ability to inform a wide variety of policy decisions.

Smart, quirky book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! Feb. 5 2014
I loved this book from start to finish, and recommended it to my mum only a few hours after I started reading it and constantly educate (and annoy) my friends with all the interesting research and ideas in the book!

Whether you're interested in economics or in relationships and social interactions in general this book is a great read. One of the best things it does is take many technical and potentially confusing academic papers and simplify the research and results into a easy to read and interesting format. For example, I now know that in order to make more money as an educated woman I should keep my last name instead of take my husbands. And that I have a better chance on the marriage market if I move out of the city (where there's a surplus of women looking for love) and move to rural areas!

Often the way I describe this book to friends is a "Freakonomics of Sex and Love" in that it takes an economic lens to marriage, sex and relationships and presents it in a non-technical, occasionally humorous and interesting format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dollars and Sex March 20 2013
By Sarah
In Dollars and Sex, Dr. Marina Adshade describes the costs and benefits of relationships, marriage, and divorce. Her book explores the great mysteries of relationships, extramarital affairs, beer prices affecting risky behaviour and cohabitation before marriage resulting in divorce. This was a great book. It was interspersed with short vignettes and research that keep the reader engaged with the content.
Hope there is a squeal!
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