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Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes

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Are you happy in your marriage—except for those weekly spats over who empties the dishwasher more often? Not a single complaint—unless you count the fact that you haven’t had sex since the Bush administration? Prepared to be there in sickness and in health—so long as it doesn’t mean compromising? Be honest: Ever lay awake thinking how much more fun married life used to be? ...more
Hardcover, First, 335 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Random House (first published February 1st 2011)
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David
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
While I have read a few books about maintaining relationships, this book is quite different. It draws upon the principles of economics to inform the reader how to deal with issues in a marriage. Many of the basic principles of economic-behavior theory are described here; supply and demand, loss-averse behaviors, game theory, cost-benefit analysis, moral hazards, incentives, signaling, asymmetric information, and many more. For each of these principles, the authors tell an anecdote from the busin ...more
Joel
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
To review this book (Spousonomics)I have to reference another book I just started reading:

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
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Ann
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm not finished yet, but I wanted to put down my thoughts while my baby is sleeping(!) and I have the time. So far the book is interesting enough for me to keep reading it, but also a fairly large disappointment. The tone is a little too...smug?...shallow?...glib? Something annoying anyway. I like popular science books and appreciate that they are qualitatively different from more hardcore science works, but at the same time, I sometimes felt like the anecdotal case studies were only a step or ...more
Arukiyomi
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
0380 | Spousonomics | Paula Szuchman & Jenny Anderson
Context: Finished this off on the bed with Shiraz for company.

Review:

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

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Tatyana Naumova
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
В целом полезное чтение, если не считать главы про использование секса в воспитательных целях (гвозди бы делать).
Michelle
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Saw this on a friend's to-read shelf, then it jumped out at me at my next library visit. I couldn't resist picking it up, I love the books applying economics to real life. Mostly, I liked this one.
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
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Caroline
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology, economics
Notes from book: (view spoiler) ...more
Natalie
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Read the "It's Not You, It's the Dishes" edition of this book. Usually I eschew self-helpy relationship books as I despise with a great and searing passion the whole notion of Mars vs Venus BS. (I view evolutionary psychology with a great deal of skepticism peppered with contempt for the MASSIVELY overreaching theories that seem to keep spinning out of that field.) THIS book however does not presume that your chromosomal distribution dictates anything other the occasional need for Midol or a joc ...more
Youghourta
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
كتاب يستعرض أهم المشاكل التي تتخلّل أيّة حياة زوجية وتحاول اقتراح حلول لها من نظرة اقتصادية بحتة.
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
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Katherine
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
This could have been a really interesting, useful, and informative book in the hands of someone like Jonah Lehrer, but sadly it was written with a really annoyingly cutesy wink wink tone, like lots of "oh look how clever we are for learning all this gosh darn difficult economics terms!!" Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I felt like somewhere along the way, either the writers or their editors or whatnot thought, "economics = math and women are scared of math, yet we expect this to be mostl ...more
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