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Spousonomics - Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes

Paula Szuchman

Are you happy in your marriage-except for those weekly spats over who empties the dishwasher more often? Not a single complaint-unless you count the fact that you haven't had sex since the Bush administration? Prepared to be there in sickness and in health-so long as it doesn't mean compromising? Be honest: Ever lay awake thinking how much more fun married life used to be? If you're a member of the human race, then the answer is probably "yes" to all of the above. Marriage is a mysterious, often irrational business. Making it work till death do you part-or just till the end of the week-isn't always easy. And no one ever handed you a user's manual. Until now. With Spousonomics, Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson offer something new: a clear-eyed, rational route to demystifying your disagreements and improving your relationship. The key, they propose, is to think like an economist. That's right: an economist. Economics is the study of resource allocation, after all. How do we-as partners in a society, a business, or a marriage-spend our limited time, money, and energy? And how do we allocate these resources most efficiently? Spousonomics answers these questions by taking classic economic concepts and applying them to the domestic front. For example: • Arguing all night isn't a sign of a communication breakdown; you're just extremely loss-averse-and by refusing to give an inch, you're risking even greater losses. • Stay late at the office, or come home for dinner? Be honest about your mother-in-law, or keep your mouth shut and smile? Let the cost-benefit analysis make the call. • Getting your spouse to clean the gutters isn't a matter of nagging or guilt-tripping; it's a question of finding the right incentives. • Being "too busy" to exercise or forgetting your anniversary (again): your overtaxed memory and hectic schedule aren't to blame-moral hazard is. • And when it comes to having more sex: merely a question of supply and demand! Spousonomics cuts through the noise of emotions, egos, and tir

Are you happy in your marriage-except for those weekly spats over who empties the dishwasher more often? Not a single complaint-unless you count the fact that you haven't had sex since the Bush administration? Prepared to be there in sickness and in health-so long as it doesn't mean compromising? Be honest: Ever lay awake thinking how much more fun married life used to be? If you're a member of the human race, then the answer is probably "yes" to all of the above. Marriage is a mysterious, often irrational business. Making it work till death do you part-or just till the end of the week-isn't always easy. And no one ever handed you a user's manual. Until now. With Spousonomics, Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson offer something new: a clear-eyed, rational route to demystifying your disagreements and improving your relationship. The key, they propose, is to think like an economist. That's right: an economist. Economics is the study of resource allocation, after all. How do we-as partners in a society, a business, or a marriage-spend our limited time, money, and energy? And how do we allocate these resources most efficiently? Spousonomics answers these questions by taking classic economic concepts and applying them to the domestic front. For example: • Arguing all night isn't a sign of a communication breakdown; you're just extremely loss-averse-and by refusing to give an inch, you're risking even greater losses. • Stay late at the office, or come home for dinner? Be honest about your mother-in-law, or keep your mouth shut and smile? Let the cost-benefit analysis make the call. • Getting your spouse to clean the gutters isn't a matter of nagging or guilt-tripping; it's a question of finding the right incentives. • Being "too busy" to exercise or forgetting your anniversary (again): your overtaxed memory and hectic schedule aren't to blame-moral hazard is. • And when it comes to having more sex: merely a question of supply and demand! Spousonomics cuts through the noise of emotions, egos, and tir
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Are you happy in your marriage-except for those weekly spats over who empties the dishwasher more often? Not a single complaint-unless you count the fact that you haven't had sex since the Bush administration? Prepared to be there in sickness and in health-so long as it doesn't mean compromising? Be honest: Ever lay awake thinking how much more fun married life used to be? If you're a member of the human race, then the answer is probably "yes" to all of the above. Marriage is a mysterious, often irrational business. Making it work till death do you part-or just till the end of the week-isn't always easy. And no one ever handed you a user's manual. Until now. With Spousonomics, Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson offer something new: a clear-eyed, rational route to demystifying your disagreements and improving your relationship. The key, they propose, is to think like an economist. That's right: an economist. Economics is the study of resource allocation, after all. How do we-as partners in a society, a business, or a marriage-spend our limited time, money, and energy? And how do we allocate these resources most efficiently? Spousonomics answers these questions by taking classic economic concepts and applying them to the domestic front. For example: • Arguing all night isn't a sign of a communication breakdown; you're just extremely loss-averse-and by refusing to give an inch, you're risking even greater losses. • Stay late at the office, or come home for dinner? Be honest about your mother-in-law, or keep your mouth shut and smile? Let the cost-benefit analysis make the call. • Getting your spouse to clean the gutters isn't a matter of nagging or guilt-tripping; it's a question of finding the right incentives. • Being "too busy" to exercise or forgetting your anniversary (again): your overtaxed memory and hectic schedule aren't to blame-moral hazard is. • And when it comes to having more sex: merely a question of supply and demand! Spousonomics cuts through the noise of emotions, egos, and tir

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jenny Anderson, Renée Raudman

Length:

10h 28m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:43


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:47


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:53


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:31


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:05


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:54


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:42


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:13


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:58


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:23


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:51


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:51


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:25


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:17


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:34


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:28


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:32


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:27


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:02


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:43


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:22


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:42


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:38


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:34


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:42


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:37


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:25


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:08


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:47


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:20


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:09


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:19


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:30


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:49


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:33


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:24


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:04


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:56


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

09:11


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:59


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:47


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:18


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:38


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:44


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:47


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:25


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:50


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:12


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:53


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:51


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:43


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:27


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:19


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:32


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

09:33


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:42


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:09


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:30


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

00:34