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

  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.

When Plenty of Fish in the Sea Leads to Very Little Money in Bank

I always say, there is nothing sexier than a man with a lot of credit card debt. Let the other ladies have the husbands who have made smart financial decisions, when I stand at the alter and say “I do” I want to know that the man in front of me has as accumulated as […]

For Richer or for Poorer: Marriage-as-Insurance in Hard Times

My ex-husband has lost his job, again. When we were married he seemed to have two employment states – almost out of a job and out of a job. He will find another, of course, but in the meantime (and I know this from experience) the loss is bound to put stress on his marriage.

If An Old Man Is an Annuity, How Much is He Worth on the Senior Sex Market?

A friend of mother’s, a lovely older woman, casually remarked recently that the only way she would consider dating again would be if she found a man willing to provide both a doctor’s note and a bank statement. I can’t blame her for not wanting a new dependent at her age (not unless old lovers […]

Does Shacking-Up Before Marriage Hurt the Bottom Line?

When my sister married a man she had only known for nine months, seventeen-year-old me thought that was a bad idea. “Why not live together first?” I asked. Because, she explained, people who live together before they get married are less likely to have successful marriages. Ridiculous, I thought. Turns out, though, that she was […]

Financial Incentives Reduce Female Infidelity

Can husbands and wives write financial contracts to reduce the level of infidelity in a relationship? Evidence from the unlikely source of Ugandan marriage contracts suggests that they can. In that country refundable bride prices reduce female infidelity but, not surprisingly, do little to curb male infidelity.

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 […]

Do Skirts Get Shorter When Wealth Declines?

George Taylor, an economist at Wharton School in the 1920’s, claimed there was an inverse relationship between the state of the economy and skirt lengths. Today we discuss whether or not rising skirt lengths could fuel economic growth with new research suggesting that men exposed to sexily-dressed women increase their preference for expensive status goods.

Why Lesbians Are Better At Saving Money

When I was a kid I loved to watch The Flintstones and always laughed at Wilma and Betty’s shopping habits. Whenever they had the chance they were off to their Palaeolithic department store with their battle cry “Charge it!” Before you knew it they were home with boxes filled with saber-toothed tiger coats and fancy shoes (despite […]

Lose the Marriage, Keep the House

I feel badly for a couple I know who have recently divorced after several decades of marriage but are still bound together by the family home that they cannot sell. They are lucky in that they can afford to live apart. But only just barely, and the burden of carrying three homes (with one income […]