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“Dear Undercover Economist” publishes my favourite “Dear Economist” columns from 2003-2008 in one handy book-sized package.
It’s now available in paperback with (in the UK) lots of extra material, including a year’s worth of new letters and a “readers answer back” section.
Using a combination of basic economic principles, demographics, game theory, and number crunching, Jon Birger explains America’s curiously lopsided dating and marriage market among single, college-educated, looking-for-a-partner women.
Birger investigates not only the consequences of this unequal ratio of college-educated men to women on dating but also a host of other social issues.
At worst the economist can look like a social naïf, if not an outright sociopath; a man (or occasionally a woman) who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. When confronted with a woman who enjoys the dating game but worries that she might leave it too late to settle down, Dear Economist offers not a shoulder to cry on but a frank explanation of optimal experimentation theory.
At least such is the traditional image of the economist; and who is Dear Economist to disappoint? When a dinner party guest wonders how much to spend on a bottle of wine, Dear Economist ignores the Good Wine Guide and reaches for the Journal of Wine Economics.
I would therefore like to dedicate this two minute read to singles and debunk a few myths (which I found here). Men might want to try the arts, yoga, Zumba, prancercise or philanthropy, and women might try stadium sports, outdoors, computer related hobbies and about everything that involves speed: car racing, speed boats and space tourism (examples courtesy of my husband.) Before you hit the dating game, it makes sense to sit down with yourself and list the top 3-8 MUST HAVE criteria you are looking for.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – Despite the name, the Business Cycle Dating Committee has nothing to do with the mating habits of investment bankers.Dear, you will be happy about every year you waited when you finally find the right one without settling. Apart from that, it's not about "putting oneself out there" but more about "leaning in there." Cultivate your favorite hobbies and values with others.Find a group that practices them, whether a sport, environmentalism, a faith, you name it. Do you realize how much more it would make you savor your last months as a single?The likelihood of meeting someone that matches your criteria is much higher in circles with shared values. " I know it's super hard, but just imagine you actually WILL get engaged in 6 or 9 months. I am just saying this because I wish I had spent the last years and months of my singlehood with a more relaxed mind. Rebekka Grun is a Ph D in economics and works as a senior economist for a large international organization.You will never again have this much control over your time. She has over 15 years' experience advising public and private persons on relationship and political decisions.Singles want to USE that time and maybe spend it in a relationship.