What explains the surge in ‘sugar baby’ supply?

M. Adshade - 25 January, 2013

Media stories on the sugar daddy / sugar baby phenomena are quick to assume that there’s an economic story behind the rise in this type of arrangement, and in that they are right. The question is; are they telling the right economic story? Are these types of relationships on the rise simply because of poor macroeconomic conditions or is there another story that explains the increase in supply of willing participants?

A Few Thoughts on Interracial Marriage

M. Adshade - 11 January, 2013

This week’s Pew Center report finding that the rate of interracial marriage in the US continues to rise garnered very little attention presumably because we are all familiar with this trend. I thought, however, it was worth mentioning some points within that report that we should be talking about.

Is Having a High BMI bad for your Marriage?

M. Adshade - 5 January, 2013

Here we are again at that time of the year when we are encouraged to replace our eggnog with diet shakes and to join some weight loss program or another. One (somewhat annoying) commercial this year features a boney actress swinging her hips erratically while proclaiming, “This program saved my marriage!” Repeated viewing of this ad has led my kids to ask, what kind of man would leave his wife just because she gained a few extra pounds?

Does Infidelity Really End Relationships?

M. Adshade - 19 December, 2012
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When I walked away from my four-year marriage, many years ago, friends and family members wanted to know why I would leave what they had believed to be a happy marriage. That wasn’t an easy question to answer, not for me and especially not for the man I was leaving.

US Fertility Rates are Falling, and that’s Good News

M. Adshade - 5 December, 2012
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There was a collective bi-partisan freak out last week when the Pew Research Center released a report finding that U.S. birth rates hit a record low in 2011. Before doing anything crazy, like implementing social programs the rest of the developed world has enjoyed for decades, I recommend taking a closer look at the numbers to see that really, this is good news.

Are you Happier than a Porn Star?

M. Adshade - 2 December, 2012
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Imagine that I conduced a small study of women who were on a beach one sunny summer day. I split the women into two groups, those who are wearing nothing but string bikini bottoms and those that are wearing one-piece speedos. I tell you that the topless women report feeling more confident, do you then conclude that being topless is good for self-esteem?

An Empirical Response to the “War on Men”

M. Adshade - 28 November, 2012
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Women are to blame for bringing an end to marriage. The evidence is fairly straightforward; spending more time in school, and earning higher incomes, made women angry and that “pissed off” men; so pissed off, in fact, that they have decided to never marry. Ever.

Will the economy change now that women are in control of household finances?

M. Adshade - 26 November, 2012
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Marriage just isn’t what it is used to be. And while that might not be news, there is new research suggesting that changing marriage patterns predict a trend towards more cautious household investment behaviour.

How to get kids to protect themselves? Help them to teach each other

M. Adshade - 20 November, 2012

New research suggests yet another reason why sex education should be taught in the classroom – because teens can learn from each other how to successfully use contraceptive methods.

Should Married Women be Subject to a Higher Tax Rate?

M. Adshade - 1 November, 2012
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It seems that the underproduction of household goods and services is a significant problem that is so severe  economic researchers have proposed a solution that even they admit is politically incorrect – force married women pay higher income taxes than their husbands. 

The Secret to a Happy Sex Life? Not a Better Educated Wife

M. Adshade - 25 October, 2012
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Looking for a satisfying sex life? According to new research in the Journal of Sex Research, your best bet is to marry someone who is as well-educated, and employed, as yourself. That’s bad news for women (and men) in an era in which equally well-educated partners are hard to find.

Men are from Mars, Women are from Binders

M. Adshade - 18 October, 2012
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The hilarity surrounding Mitt Romney’s now famous “binders full of women” comment aside, the exchange in the US presidential debate this week held some hard truths for women who believe that one day they will earn the same income as their male counterparts.

Do Long Maternity Leaves Hurt Kids

M. Adshade - 21 September, 2012

In October, newly appointed Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will undertake one of her most ambitious projects yet: she is going to become a mother. Her commitment to take only a few weeks’ maternity leave sparked a media flurry that taught her mothering lesson No. 1—all parental decisions are open to public scrutiny.

Republicans are Watching the Poles

M. Adshade - 29 July, 2012
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It appears that workers in at least one industry will be benefiting from an income redistribution from the wealthy next month – strippers in Tampa Bay. According to The New York Times, club owners in that region are ramping up hiring in anticipation of a massive increase in demand for adult entertainment the weekend of the Republican National Convention.

Abstinence Spending Deserves a Little Credit for the Decline in Teen Pregnancies

M. Adshade - 24 July, 2012
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The one thing you can count on in social science research is this: Inquiry will continue until the preferred hypothesis has proven to be true. Proponents for abstinence only sex education are no doubt celebrating new evidence that, on the surface at least, supports their belief. Before funders put their research dollars away, however, they might want to read the fine print first.

Would you like a side of Christianity with that, Sir?

M. Adshade - 21 July, 2012

Don’t you just hate it when people that you fundamentally disagree with say something that you know to be true? Back in March, Brian Brown, president of the National Organization For Marriage (NOM), said “Corporations should not take sides in a culture war that pits a company against the majority of the American people.”

Why We Marry

M. Adshade - 17 July, 2012
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Here’s a question I have been struggling for years: Why do we marry? I am not confused about the desire to have a wedding – the pretty dress, standing before family and friends, the party – that part I get.  It’s the need to seek the government seal of approval of the marriage that challenges me.

Having Access to the Internet is Good for Your Love Life (But Only if you are Under 30)

M. Adshade - 15 July, 2012

Over the past few posts here at Dollars and Sex, we have been talking about two behaviors that online dating sites encourage that make finding a mate more difficult – excessive filtering and pursuit of the “perfect” mate.

Why We’re Still Single, Part II

M. Adshade - 10 July, 2012
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Have you ever come across a dating profile that includes the phrase, “I won’t settle for less than perfect, and neither should you”? It seems that the vastness of the online dating market has encouraged a change in attitude among singles away from “I could do worse” towards “I could do better.”

Why We’re Still Single, Part I

M. Adshade - 7 July, 2012

I can’t shake this feeling that access to online dating is actually making it more difficult for men and women to find love. I know that sounds counterintuitive, especially from a market perspective, but what should have been a useful tool to encourage matching has encouraged a response that is best described as “relationship greed”. And that effect has left many singles still searching long after they would have found a partner on a traditional dating market.