Throwback Thursday: Remembering the Traditional First Date

Only several decades ago, the dating norms that said who paid for a meal were much clearer than they are today because of women’s new economic role.

What We Do With Our Time

To see what how much we work and sleep and play, and what the GDP does not tell us, we can use the American Time Use Survey.

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.

How U.S. Marriage Markets Differ

Looking at gender ratios at colleges, for college graduates and in metro areas, we find that marriage markets vary.

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 Cost of Raising Children

Behavioral economists like Gary Becker say that the family is like a factory where land, labor and capital are combined to “produce” goods like children.

Crime and Punishment in Svalbard

Two times the size of New Jersey, Norway’s Svalbard territory has a single jail cell that was briefly occupied a year ago. Trying to decide why Svalbard has little crime, some cite its sparse population of 3,000 or the fact that it is an…