Tag Archives: education

How America Came to Accept Same-Sex Marriage (A Love Story)

A love story for the 21st century (cue the violins). Several years ago a very close family friend in Vancouver was searching our family name on the Internet and had the good fortune to meet up with the wife of my cousin in South Africa. The two women became friends and eventually fell in love. […]

Education Matters in Hollywood Marriages

A few years ago I was at a conference of economic historians in Toronto where I happened to meet Dr. Mary Yeager, a professor in UCLA’s history department who also just happens to be married to the actor/writer John Lithgow. She gave me some very useful comments on a paper I had been working on, […]

Teen Pregnancy Rates and the “Culture of Despair”

When I dropped my daughter and her friends off at their senior prom last week I thought it would be fun to take a walk into the foyer of the building to see all the kids dressed up in their finery. I was surprised when I got there to see, among the finely coiffed girls […]

Abstinence helps girls finish high school, but not boys

A couple of years ago a published paper reported that girls who lost their virginity early were less likely to finish high school. The authors claimed that the only plausible explanation was that early debut into sexuality was psychologically harmful for girls and that this harm prevented these girls from graduating. This had to make […]

The Secret to Married Bliss: A College Degree

Hollywood screen writers seem to love the statistic that 50% of marriages in the US end in divorce. For example, it seems mandatory when writing a stag party scene that at some point the groom takes his best man aside and says “Dude, what am I doing? More than 50% of marriages end in divorce!” […]

Education May Explain Why Rich Nations Prefer Monogamy

On Thursday we started talking about the economics of monogamy and polygyny and I told you one theory that might explain the puzzle as to why, over time, in rich countries monogamy has prevailed over polygyny despite high levels of inequality in those countries.  George Bernard Shaw in his 1903 “Maxims for Revolutionists” probably summarized that argument […]

When It Comes to Faking Orgasms Who’s Kidding Whom?

Big Think’s blog Going Mental talked about orgasms this week, and I thought to myself, I can do that.  I’ve even got a little help, thanks to a very creative economist at Emory University who collected data from 16,000 men and women on orgasms a few years ago. Just to make things interesting, though, the 2000 Orgasm […]

Are Lap Dancers Really Smarter Than the Average Brit?

Many years ago, when I was an undergraduate student, I frequented a local bar with my friends that we liked because it had cheap long-island ice tea. It also happened to have strippers, which none of us paid much attention to. (We really were there just for the cheap drinks.)  That all ended one afternoon […]

Sexless in the City

Here is a tip for educated women hopelessly looking for love in the city; you are not the only educated woman having a hard time finding a man.