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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422191656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422191651
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advance Praise for Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Economics I Learned From Online Dating:

Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author, Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough
“Economists may not be known for their romantic expertise, but Oyer explains the ins and outs of online dating with such clarity, humor, and scientific prowess that I’m guessing many marriages will result from his book. A hilarious, thought-provoking, must-read manual for anybody who wants to find The One and learn why love and the economy make for highly entertaining bedfellows.”

Sam Yagan, cofounder, OkCupid, and CEO, Match.com—
“I thought I knew a lot about online dating and a lot about economics, too. But after reading this book, I now know a lot more about both (and a bunch of other things, as well). The application of economic principles to something everyone has experience with—dating—will help readers figure out how to behave in any market.”

Alvin E. Roth, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences—
“‘Brave and funny’ is an unusual thing to say about an introduction to economic thinking, but the description fits both Paul Oyer and his book.”

About the Author

Paul Oyer is the Fred H. Merrill Professor of Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. A former professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Labor Economics. He lives in Stanford, California, with his two children and his flat-coated retriever, Josie.

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That said I greatly enjoyed reading Paul Oyer's book.
Ach wie gut, dass niemand weiß, dass ich ...
She probably didn't reject you because you didn't signal hard enough, but I'm afraid one could take that away as one of the things taught in this book.
Michael Flynn
Plus, he does not even try to put any effort to explain the research findings but just describe it like a fact (At least show me some graphs, right?).
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on January 6, 2014
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If you're a bad shopper, you might over-pay for melons at the grocery store or get taken by a car dealer. If you're a bad "shopper" in a so-called matching market, you might end up with a spouse you can't stand (or who can't stand you) and a job you hate. In short, the stakes in matching markets are high. To make matters worse, these markets are notoriously complicated: you have to both choose and be chosen and you often don't know what you are "buying" until it's too late. You have to make decisions on the basis of very incomplete information. Fortunately, with this book, you have Stanford Professor and economist Paul Oyer as your guide. He's an expert on matching markets, but rather than write about them abstractly, he uses his own experiences re-joining the dating market after a long absence as extended, instructive example. He illustrates key economic concepts simply and clearly. The book is an easy read but it is filled with ideas. It's also funny and personal---the author's warmth and self-deprecating sense of humor come through.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ach wie gut, dass niemand weiß, dass ich ... on January 6, 2014
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Disclaimer: I am an academic economist and hence my perception of what is entertaining might be different from yours. Also, I have never tried online dating so I cannot personally verify how representative the author's experiences are and how closely they relate to economic concepts.

That said I greatly enjoyed reading Paul Oyer's book. It made for a highly entertaining read (I devoured the book within a few days) and while I was very familiar with (and in fact teach) many of the topics discussed in the book I still learned a few things from his perspective of the academic literature that is usually inaccessible to the layman. But the author clearly explains the sometimes complex concepts and the take-aways at the end of every chapter are very informative and yet also hilarious. The book really is an excellent combination of education and entertainment that had me yearning for more. Let's hope the author writes another book!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dan on December 30, 2013
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The title and articles I read about the book intrigued me. I thought it'd be good to get a refresher on the basics of microeconomics and this would be a good way to do it. I guess you could say that "I couldn't put this book down" since I don't remember ever finishing a book this quickly (2 nights). It was very informative, easily understood, and funny. Best book I've read in a long time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cody L. on February 6, 2014
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1. Paul Oyer - I read a good deal of non-fiction, and Paul Oyer is equally as rare and enjoyable as one of my favorite authors, Bill Bryson.
2. Formatting - This book is written to be read. The clear thinking combined with tight structure was very much appreciated.
3. Originality - Online dating meets economics - This is the first time in history this topic has been available to write about, and it's certainly worth reading.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Klein on January 13, 2014
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I have never studied nor been interested in Economics.

A book on economics by a Standford professor. With that description, you'd have to pay me to read it. But not so. Oyer is more akin to my high school teacher who through love of subject & engaging personality made Latin come alive (Arnold Barbknecht - Still think of him fifty years later). Economics is transformed from what I thought to be esoteric, mathematical magic to the familiar.

An old black & white movie portrayed Christopher Columbus convincing potential backers that he could accomplish the impossible by betting he could stand an egg upright on the small end without it falling over. They with confidence, take the bet. He produces a hard-boiled egg from his pocket & presses the small end to the table accomplishing what 'til then I thought was impossible. He then states, " Some thing are simple when you are shown how."

Oyer is no hard-boiled egg (head), yet he makes it simple (& relevant).

By sucking the romance out of the dating process (a byproduct of combing Economics with dating) he provides a great service to those searching for "the One". "The One" can only found with a heart tempered by the head.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By zman1975 on June 24, 2014
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Interesting concept, linking economic principles to the online dating world, although the book left me slightly underwhelmed. A lot of the material is somewhat dry and I found myself glossing over the hard-core economic theory sections. The online dating content left me with no real revelations, generally restating the obvious regarding dating/attraction- i.e.:

A. If you are a hot woman, you will succeed;
B. If you are a hot and rich man, you will succeed;
C. If you are neither a nor b, you will have a rough go of it and likely need to settle in order to find love.

Luckily the book is rather short so it was only a few hours out of my life. Next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Flynn on August 16, 2014
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This is a pretty good economics book, explaining the concepts using online dating as case studies, as well as other things. I'd say by the end of the book I knew a couple more of these concepts that I didn't know before, signaling is one example. However one problem I had with this book is one that I have with economics as a whole is that the models are too simplistic. She probably didn't reject you because you didn't signal hard enough, but I'm afraid one could take that away as one of the things taught in this book. Also, the book was rather dull, I found. Note, *this was not a terrible book*, I just couldn't get inspired by it.
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More About the Author

Paul Oyer was born and raised in Nutley, New Jersey. He went to Middlebury College in Vermont, where he learned to write (arguably) decently as the Managing Editor of the campus newspaper. He also developed his skiing, which he continues to do whenever he can. After college, Paul worked for a few different companies in New York City and Silicon Valley and earned an MBA at Yale. But he eventually realized that he loved to do analytical and academic work so he entered the PhD program at Princeton University. His two children were born in Princeton hospital. Paul then moved his family to Evanston, Illinois where he began his academic career on the faculty of Northwestern University's Kellogg School. A few years later, he fell into a job at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where he has worked ever since 2000. Paul has visited all of the fifty United States, having recently completed the list with a trip to Alaska. One of his children is now a student at Brown University and the other is a high-school senior. Soon he will be an empty nester, with just his trusty flat-coated retriever, Josie, sharing his house. Paul's lovely, patient, and sweet significant other, Kathryn Stoner, is a Stanford Political Scientist. They met on JDate.

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