Why Dating History is All About the Economy

From the first working women who dated, to technology that shaped dates, to supply and demand in dating markets, dating history is an economic phenomenon.

The Three Top Ways To Find a Mate

The ways to find a mate have shifted from marriage markets originating with family, church and neighborhood to online and bars but utility is constant.

The Cost of Housework

If household production were quantified and added to the GDP, its status might increase and help women who pay the high opportunity cost of doing unpaid work at home.

Creating the Best Valentine’s Match

New marriage markets involve couples with consumption complementarities and online dating that the work of Nobel Economics Laureate Al Roth is facilitating.

Marriage Markets in China and India

With son preference, limited fertility and social norms, China’s and India’s sex ratios at birth have created a male glut and new marriage markets.

Love, Marriage and Inequality

As female labor force participation increased since the 1970s, so too has the income inequality that resulted from assortative mating of higher earners.

Tradeoffs and Marriage: Like a Horse and Carriage

As the pill, education and employment opportunities changed the value of women as wives, the tradeoffs that relate to being married have also changed.

How Men Act When They Outnumber Women

How gender ratios in the U.S. and China affect men’s financial behavior can be explained with supply and demand and behavioral economics from Gary Becker.

Why There is Less Marriage

New attitudes that value marriage less and new economics through which women have more pay and education and men work less have changed marriage markets.

The Rotten Kid Theorem and Other Gary Becker Ideas

Gary Becker image courtesy of University of Chicago. All too often, if you say you are looking at the economics of the family, people assume you are talking about money. Nobel Laureate Gary Becker, who died this week (1930-2014), changed…