Marina Adshade

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

Month: November 2013

‘Dollars and Sex’ on The Current

I had a great time speaking with Gail Vaz-Oxlade on CBC’s The Current about the financial tensions within marriage. The podcast from that interview can be heard here.

Do you still love me now that we have children?

When we choose to become parents we know that we will have to sacrifice sleep, that we will have to give up our independence, and that we will have to put the needs of others before our own; we know that there are some costs to having children that cannot be measured in dollars. But, when the calculating costs of having children should we also include the cost of losing the love of our spouse?

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Who Will Take Care of You When You Are Old and Grey?

I’m single…and totally bored with articles complaining about the questions singles are asked by concerned friends and family (see for example, “I’m Single… and Totally Bored With These 5 Questions”). For several decades, the supposedly offending questions have not changed: Why aren’t you married? Are you being too picky? Are you gay? How will you take care of yourself when you are old and grey?

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Should Men Be Allowed to Opt Out of the Family Plan?

In a piece published at Salon this morning, Anna March argues giving men the option to deny child support will improve the economic conditions under which women are raising children. That claim might seem counter-intuitive, but the argument is entirely consistent with economic theory. The problem is, the way that people behave “in theory” is often quite different from the way they behave when faced with real life choices.

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