Marina Adshade

Economist, Writer, and Speaker | Women, sex, love, and work

Month: August 2010 (Page 2 of 2)

Thank You Hugh Hefner

In a recent interview in the New York Times Magazine, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner said that he was very proud that he had paved the way for middle-class couples to live together without being married.

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Gay Marriage and AIDS: We Now Know the Connection

In light of yesterday’s decision by the Federal District Court in San Francisco to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage in California, why not ask the question: How does the legalization of gay marriage in a particular geographical region affect the HIV rate there?

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Do Women Really Value Income Over Looks in a Mate?

The dating website eHarmony had a free weekend last week, or so I was told by a friend who was presumably trying to be helpful. Economists find dating websites extremely useful, not to find the love of their lives (although they might be doing that) but because they provide an opportunity to observe a fascinating market in action: the market for marriage. From this market we can determine what individual preferences are for a mate, and this can be extremely useful in economic analysis.

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