Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes
I just picked up Jared Diamond's book "The World Until Yesterday" about traditional societies. Right in the beginning is a striking point - the vast majority of "studies" we read are from societies he calls W.E.I.R.D. (Western Educated Industrialized Rich and Democratic.) Not only that, but even more specifically tons come from studying kids in Psychology majors.
The problem with this is that there are lots ...more
The economics is pretty basic. No real novel stuff here. Relies on quite a bit of game theory, and even some not-so-reliable economics. Why on earth anyone would want to put Keynes in a book on marriage is beyond me, and if I were writing a book on economics he'd just be in the endnotes. :-) So this is ...more
Context: Finished this off on the bed with Shiraz for company.
Get two women together. One wants to write a book about economics and the other a book about marriage. The result is this curious arrangement. While it does contain some good tips here and there, I felt overall that some of the advice was a bit idealistic.
Each chapter is focussed on a different aspect of economic theory (bit yawny) and, using well-illustrated real-life example of marital issues, they then apply this theory t...more
I can't tell you yet whether the book is going to have any impact on my own marriage, but it was at least fun food for though ...more
For example, if the cost of writing a paper (which summarizes all of his research work) with me is smaller than training all of his staff, my professor can spend ...more
Also, it's super obvious that their exhaustive "research" consisted of calling their rich New York friends and virtually nobody else. Every anecdote begins with something like "Sally is the CEO of multiple Fortune 500 companies. Her husband, ...more
In response to others' comments:
Some have commented that economic theory presented in the book may be flawed or outdated. Not being an economist, I cannot commen ...more
I enjoyed the beginning of the book a lot more t ...more
It probably wouldn’t have saved any of the marriages that we’ve seen self-destruct around us over the decades, but then the authors contend their marriages ...more
The ideas presented are not going to make or break your relationship. It will, however, help you understand how you act better by framing the context in terms of economic theories such as sunk cost, game theory and ave ...more
Spousonomics uses economic principles to deal with typical marriage problems, and truthfully I was expecting something more like Freakonomics for marriages. Instead, Spousonomics uses economic ideas to tackle your daily issues: dishes, ...more
It's such a pragmatic approach to marital issues. Who is going to do the dishes? Why won't my husband put his dirty clothes in the hamper and how do I get him to do it? This doesn't give you manipulation te ...more
Im not trying to put those methods down, but simply present to you a new way to look at marriage and deal with the problems that come with it. The authors, Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson, bring forth an innovative idea by drawing a parallel between marriage and economics. They go th ...more
Mostly covers how couples can deal with "small, ordinary problems" as some other reviewers have noted - how to divide up household chores, schedule sex, and manage competing schedules. So, if you're looking for help with a cheating spouse, a looming foreclosure, or the inability to conceive or something, go elsewhere.
Still, what is here is re ...more
Marriage, as the economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers put it, began to shift from “a forum for shared production to shared consumption.” - location 328
Could she please get rid of that white flapper dress with the holes in the front that she wore every morning when she took their dog, Bailey, for a walk? For more than two decades ...more
Here's the gist: To have a happy marriage, assign household chores and duties to the spouse that does it faster so that you can spend more time together, even if the person that's better at the task absolutely despises the work.
I'm not sold on that theory. Who cares if you can spend more time together if what ...more