Marina Adshade

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

Month: September 2011

Are women paying the price for taking their husband’s name?

This blog post was published originally in September 2011. Unfortunately, since that time the journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology has retracted the article. The information on that retraction a can be found on their website.  It goes without saying that we can infer no information from the relationship between a woman’s name and her income from this research.

Taking her husband’s name at marriage suggests to potential employers that a woman is less intelligent, less ambitious, inclined to work fewer hours and more focused on family. Recent evidence suggests that women who make that choice can expect lower wages and fewer job offers as a result.

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Is Gender Equality Disrupting Sexual Supply and Demand?

Over the past couple of weeks practically every media site has run a piece on a new “economic theory” that argues that gender equality is driving down the price of sex. Valid critiques have been made but analysts are missing one very important point: This is not an economic model and if it was it wouldn’t be a very good one.*

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Why a Male Birth Control Pill Has Taken So Long

Fifty years after the female birth control pill hit the market, male birth control is finally becoming a reality. While I will admit that it must be harder to control a billion sperm than it is to control a single egg, the real reason this technology has taken so long to arrive can be described by two words – supply and demand.

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Is Your Husband a Risk-Free Asset or a Junk Bond?

I am thinking about investing in a husband. While it is true that I won’t be able to sell him in the future if I ever need some quick cash (so, not my most liquid asset), I have heard that the dividends can be quite good. In the past I would have considered marriage as far too risky an investment for me personally. But, I have to say, with the current state of the financial markets even a risky asset like a husband is starting to look like a safe bet.

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Economic crisis paves the way for a DSK rival?

There are those who will argue that France needs leaders who can make tough economic decisions, regardless of their personal behaviour

Link to the full article here.

Money, power…adultery?

What accounts for the surprising fact that female execs cheat as much as men do?

 

See the full article here.

Do profit motives limit a woman’s right to chose abortion?

This week Feministing called the UK Bill that would have banned abortion counseling “anti-choice” legislation. I think they have got that all wrong. The current arrangement gives abortion providers a financial incentive to encourage uncertain women to choose abortion – if that is the case, can we really be certain that each abortion is the woman’s choice? Or is it possible that financial motives are dictating the decisions of some women who might choose otherwise not to terminate their pregnancies?

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Lower College Tuition Fees Could Reduce Teen Sex

Next time you buy a coffee make sure you are polite to the person who serves you – after all, her tax dollars helped fund your college education. Public funding of education doesn’t just benefit the recipient though; lower college tuition fees can reduce teen risky sexual behavior as high school students have more to lose when things go wrong.

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