Money & Love: Marina Adshade On How Economics Affect Relationships
"I think the relationships that last are the ones where people are the most similar," she argues. While she says that she does believe in love—despite focusing on relationships from a very theoretical perspective—she likes using an economic framework for understanding how we pair up. It's measurable, she explains, and believes we can gain more by looking at what people do through concrete stats rather than qualitative method which aren't always 100% truthful. While there is still a lot we don't understand about falling in love, we can use economic analysis to learn a bit more about love and sex.
These points are addressed at length in her lectures at the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia and in her forthcoming book Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love. She challenges the status quo and reshapes what we think we know about intimacy and mating. A perfect balance of wit and hard-hitting research, Adshade gives eye-opening talks on human relationships from an economic perspective.