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
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
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
Loss aversion is why the average consumer tends to notice price increases more than decreases. When have you ever noticed that a gallon of gas was cheaper than it was the last time you refuelled? Yet the minute gas goes up a tenth of a penny, you're outraged....
If you're like us, now that you know what loss aversion is, you'll start to see its dirty fingerprints all over your life - and that includes your personal life. Because here's the punch line: ...more
الكتاب مبني على عشرات اللقاءات مع أزواج مُختلفين (بما فيها الكاتبتين وزوجيهما) تستعرض مُختلف المشاكل التي تواجه الأزواج، وتحاول بناء حل من نظرة اقتصادية مبنية على دراسة 3 أزواج مُختلفين يُعانون من نفس المُشكل.
ستجد في هذا الكتاب استعراضًا لمبادئ اقتصادية، مثل مفهوم "العرض والطلب"، نظرية الألعاب، تحليل التكلفة والفائدة، بعض من جوانب الاقتصاد السلوكي وغيرها. قد تعتقد بأن الحياة الزوجية أبعد ما تكون من م ...more