Unusual Ways to Achieve Deficit Reduction

Hoping to diminish their country’s deficit, last year, Malta’s President and Parliament decided to sell citizenship. The price tag is $891,000 and the perk is that Malta is in the EU. Consequently, you get an island home with a back…

Marrying Up in China

“There is an opinion that A quality guys will find B quality women, B  quality guys will find C quality women, and C quality men will find D quality women…The people left are A quality women and D quality men.” Huang Yuanyuan, commenting on marriage in China…

Gender Issues: Stay-At-Home Parents

Bryan Grossbauer is a stay-at-home-dad. The subject of a WSJ focus on the new dad style for raising children, he emphasizes problem solving, cares little about submersion in dirty mud puddles, and ignores household messes. One of close to 190,000…

Gender Issues: Chinese Bride Prices

In China, with so many more marriageable men than women (approximately 122 men for every 100 women), the husband-hunting female wields a lot of power. Telling us about the results of a survey of 32,000 people from 2 Chinese research…

Cost Benefit Analysis: The Economics of Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court same-sex marriage case is really about government catching up with life. More than 4 decades ago, Nobel laureate Gary Becker explained that we could view the family as a business firm. In order to produce income and…

Augusta National Golf Club and Women

With Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore soon to become the Augusta National Golf Club’s first female members, I keep thinking about how women have become more valuable. The reason takes us back to the family. Assume for a moment that a…

The Augusta National Golf Club and Women

Has the value of a woman changed at Augusta National Golf Club? Samuel Palmisano, Louis Gerstner and John Akers are former IBM CEOs with Augusta National Golf Club green blazers. Until now,  the CEOs of all major corporate sponsors of…

Women’s Work

The CEO designate of IBM will make it 29. There will be 29 women who are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. 27 of those women are married, one is divorced and one never married. Financial journalist James Stewart explains in…

Government Failure or Market Failure?

The illness? High unemployment and sluggish growth. The patient? The U.S. economy. And sometimes, according to Nobel Laureate Gary Becker, a stimulus pill just won’t work. In a WSJ opinion piece, Dr. Becker first explains that government misdiagnosed the illness.…

“Boomerangers,” the Recession and the Family

The “boomeranger” has returned. A Pew Research Survey found that 13% of all households are composed of parents with adult children who moved away and then returned home. Pew’s respondents say the economy was the reason these “boomerangers” moved back.…