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Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Origin of Marriage (And the Evolution of Divorce)

A couple of weeks ago a Dollars and Sex commenter wrote that the “origin of marriage was to create a legal contract by which a man could acquire a female slave.” Interesting point. Is there an economic story that explains the origin of this most-debated-of-all-institutions?

The Price of Sex in South America: A Guide for Secret Service Agents

Heading to South America to protect your head of state? Avoid potentially embarrassing conflict with this handy region guide to the price of sexual services prepared by a team of trained economists.

Legalizing brothels doesn’t pay

Sex sells, but does it pay? University of British Columbia economist Marina Adshade says legalizing brothels doesn’t guarantee higher tax revenues and may actually result in increased costs.   See the original article here.  

Breast is Best for the National Economy

Remember when people used to believe that it took a village to raise a child? It seems that the last vestige of that sentiment took its dying breath in recent weeks as online discussion boards launched into lactation consultants. In a time in which big corporations are a new mother’s best friend, who needs the […]

Unattractive Real Estate Agents Achieve Quicker Sales

I am trying to sell my house at the moment in a particularly hot local housing market. The market isn’t the only thing that is hot. So is my agent. It turns out that her attractiveness could be very good news in terms of the price the house is sold for, but bad news in […]

Would You Pay to have Sex with an Android?

I know at least some of you are thinking: I already feel like I am having sex with a robot. But new research predicts that we will be having sex with actual robots within five years and considers an exciting application of robotic technology – replacing sex workers with androids. 

Are Lesbian Marriages Doomed for Failure?

“Lesbian break-ups can apparently be bitchier than gay men’s.” wrote columnist Giles Hattersley in the Sunday Times this weekend as he speculated his way through a piece on why 62% of civil union dissolutions (i.e. divorces) in the UK are between women despite the fact that lesbian relationships only represent 44% of civil partnerships in that country.