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Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love Hardcover – March 19, 2013
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"Economists may seem soulless, unlikely guides to affairs of the heart. But "Dollars and Sex," a delightful book by Marina Adshade, an economist at the University of British Columbia, may convince you otherwise." - The New York Times
"The pleasure of reading Dollars and Sex, in other words, is that Adshade doesn't have and agenda to push, nor any Gladwellian "Aha!" moments to neatly package. The book is a clever collection of small conversation-ready revelations packaged in an accessible way." - Canadian Business Magazine
"In Dollars and Sex, Adshade uses everything from prostitution to online dating to demonstrate how economics work in practice. The result is a book that is both provocative, and informative." - Winnipeg Free Press
"This is, in effect, the Moneyball of Booty; removing all the romance with math, the author compiles her own research and that of other notable economists to skillfully tackle coupling, casual and otherwise. She applies a number of standard economics 101 rationales, making readers question every tryst and romp they've ever engaged in. The book is also helpfully humorous and charming, neatly organized into three easy to understand "acts," representing a different phase of our development, with stories told via hard data and very human anecdotes." - Stacey May Fowler, The National Post
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The subject and style of Dollars and Sex challenges conventional thinking by connecting two inevitable aspects of a person’s life in a way that does not seem possible. Each chapter depicts a sexual behavior that is motivated by a certain macro or micro economic principle. One of my favorite chapters she writes is about interracial marriage and the opportunity cost it takes each race to marry a person from a different race. For each of these sexual behaviors Adshade creates compelling narratives depicting personal experiences that the reader can relate to and strengthen the overall connection between economics and sex. Even those of us who have very little knowledge about economics can see the benefit of reading this book. It guides the reader through the stages of their life by providing them with insight as to why people are motivated to participate in some of the most important situations of their lives such as dating in college, the reasons behind why people have sex, and eventually marriage.
Dollars and Sex is not perfect. There is a fundamental flaw in Adshade’s organization. Throughout every chapter there are separate subtitles that illustrate another experience but by incorporating these subtitles she is disrupting the flow of the main text. The first time I saw one I completely lost my place and train of thought. I would suggest skipping over them and then at the end of the chapter go back through and read the separate subtitles.
The book may portray some very depressing situations like never feeling loved or as if you are stuck in a constant cycle of meaningless sex but it can also help you learn how to navigate the dating market and make the most of every relationship you are a part of.
Adshade explores the relationship between sexual behaviors and the economic principles that drive those behaviors in the book, Dollars and Sex, a well-written and fun text that conveniently reveals a variety of our most romantic feelings and bedroom behaviors that previously have not been discussed. Dollars and Sex is certainly worth reading for those college students or young adults who are single or in a relationship because they can easily relate and learn from the experiences and situations portrayed in the book.
This book was laid out well, and guided the reader through many different scenarios and that ran through the overall course of life, and stopping to study different situations that applied at different parts of life.
This was a great read! The only complaint that I have about the text is that side bars will pop up right in the middle of a sentence. So you have to finish a sentence or paragraph, and then go back to read the side bar. Not a dealbreaker in the least, but still annoying.