How Can Economics Improve a Marriage? Ask the Authors of Spousonomics
Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson, a pair of journalists, are co-authors of the new book Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes. It sorts out optimal strategies for household chores (it’s all about comparative advantage), paying the bills on time (find the right incentive!), and the “too-big-to-fail marriage.”
In a recurring feature on their blog called “Economists in Love,” Szuchman and Anderson have been bringing us the marital insights of economics luminaries including Colin Camerer; Dan Ariely; Shelly Lundberg and Dick Startz; and our own Dan Hamermesh. I particularly like this answer, from Camerer:
Q: Any free riding in your household?
Camerer: No. Here’s why: I am one of the world’s leading experts on psychology, the brain and strategic game theory. But my wife is a woman. So it’s a tie.
Szuchman and Anderson have agreed to field your questions related to the ideas covered in their book, so fire away in the comments section below and, as always, we’ll post their answers in short course.