Read up north over a few days. Fairly quick, easy read. Stanford University is located in the town of Palo Alto. We were just there on vacation this spring.
Book Review: Everything I ever needed to know about economics, I learned from online dating.
Was that a typo? Is there actually a "Stanford, CA"? I'm use to economists being fairly conservative because the discipline requires a close adherence to reality. It was eye-opening to see this highly educated man's bias.
I'm never letting my daughter attend Stanford or sadly probably any of the ivy leagues , if even the economists are liberal! Mar 24, Liam rated it really liked it. The proliferation of smartphones made it possible for skiers to question snow reports in real time. Most notably, large firms pay their workers more than small firms do.
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Aug 10, Nora Vickery rated it really liked it. This is not really a review, more like my scattered thoughts after reading. My thoughts do not always take the form of complete sentences.
Having served my time in the dating trenches recently, Oyer didn't tell me anything I didn't already know about online dating, but it was interesting to see it applied to economics-a subject I never thought I had much interest in. Each chapter covered a new concept, so I was never confused. A revelation was utility and that economists s Disclaimer: A revelation was utility and that economists study how people maximize or attempt to maximize their utility. Utility can be roughly translated at happiness here. You don't think about economists as studying happiness.
Oct 16, David Johnston rated it it was amazing. Excellent entertaining and concise book. I looked forward to reading every chapter of this book. I found it very easy to read while keeping me engaged - the mark of a good book. May 11, Linnea Arneson rated it really liked it. After reading the freakonomics books I was looking for another quirky economics book, and this one lived up to my expectations. I learned a lot about bothmicroeconomics and online dating. I think there's a real niche out there for crossover books like this one.
It shows that economics doesn't just apply to Wall Street. Also the long title makes it cool. Apr 16, Jane Potter rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this. Economics is not unlike social psychology. I like how the author used the online search for love to teach me these theories. Thick vs thin markets 7 adverse selection 8. Positive assert stove mating 9. Return to skills Dec 14, Margaret Sankey rated it liked it. Like other popular economics books I've read lately, this is a breezy and entertaining attempt to explain basic concepts of behavioral economics using personal and frankly pretty funny examples from a burgeoning new field of economic inquiry--online dating.
Dec 12, Gort rated it it was amazing. Eius quae fuga ipsam excepturi.
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Oct 23, Michelle rated it liked it Shelves: I read it only because someone gave it to me. Very basic ideas in micro economics in the context of online dating. Read the Undercover Economist by Tim Harford if you want more depth and entertainment. Mar 17, Amanda rated it liked it. Very very basic economic concepts I learnt in my first year of econ undergrads, but reviewed in a very applied and funny way, using primarily online dating as well as other makers used cars, real estate, labor as examples. Particularly liked the chapter on intra-household family economics. Nov 10, Batsheva rated it really liked it Shelves: Highly entertaining AND educational!
Also, surprisingly easy to read in a single stretch. However, I am not sure if having read this book will actually increase my proficiency success? Mar 20, Diana Olivares rated it really liked it. Either an entertaining way to learn about Economics though the experience of engaging in Online Dating or an entertaining way to learn about Online Dating though concepts from positive economics.
I found it educational, funny and very enjoyable. Feb 16, Michael rated it really liked it. I found the economic analysis of other industries law clerking, cashier performance in supermarkets pretty interesting. Regarding online dating, it's pretty much the same stuff that various online dating blogs have covered.
Nov 20, Mike Genadri rated it it was ok. If you have already studied economics, you will learn nothing new. If you have never studied economics, this book will teach you economics jargon to use in place of your common sense understanding of how markets work. I was very disappointed. Mar 26, Jon Kaslow rated it liked it. Pretty basic economics, nothing stunning. Just lots of analogies.
If I was someone who hasn't taken Economics courses, this is probably worth reading. Jan 07, Becca rated it liked it. Interesting mix of online dating commentary fueled by pop economics.
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Faltered in places but a quick, easy read. Mar 25, Carol rated it liked it. A fun and fluffy way to review economics. Feb 12, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: A very interesting approach to looking at economics concepts. Jun 27, Mark rated it liked it. Basic economic insights, basic online dating insights.
I mostly just learned economic terms for things that I already understood in one way or another. But it was a quick, breezy read. Apr 07, Will rated it it was ok. Boring and clearly only marginally about dating. It's an economics primer. But accurate, at least. Aug 19, Brad Heap rated it liked it. This is a book about economics, not dating. Dating is the applied example used to explain economics. Jan 14, Bridget rated it really liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Books by Paul Oyer.
Trivia About Everything I Ever No trivia or quizzes yet. Fortunately, with this book, you have Stanford Professor and economist Paul Oyer as your guide. He's an expert on matching markets, but rather than write about them abstractly, he uses his own experiences re-joining the dating market after a long absence as extended, instructive example.
He illustrates key economic concepts simply and clearly. The book is an easy read but it is filled with ideas. It's also funny and personalthe author's warmth and self-deprecating sense of humor come through. I discovered this book because my fiancee listens to Freakonomics radio and heard a hilarious fascinating interview with the writer.
It has a lot of the same kind of information as Naked Economics and Freakonomics so it was the authors comic writing style that made it impossible for me to stop reading. I give this book 4 stars instead of five because while I think that it is a creative way to approach the subject matter there are things that a more statistical approach to relationships does not cover.
For example, I always find a person's attitude about money and work reveals more about them than how much they do or do not have. I continuously find that the economic dilemmas of educated people in underpaid work is not considered in the correlations between earnings and educational achievements as I find myself in a network of teachers and artists. And I also thought the book disregarded women who do not expect their mates to earn more money.
Or that different people find different things to be attractive. Or that at the end of the day fields like economics can help us understand the patterns that contribute to who we are but there is something about romantic love and sexual attraction that is a mystery. One person found this helpful. This is a pretty good economics book, explaining the concepts using online dating as case studies, as well as other things.
I'd say by the end of the book I knew a couple more of these concepts that I didn't know before, signaling is one example. However one problem I had with this book is one that I have with economics as a whole is that the models are too simplistic. She probably didn't reject you because you didn't signal hard enough, but I'm afraid one could take that away as one of the things taught in this book.
Also, the book was rather dull, I found. I was online dating and taking an I was online dating and taking an economics class and this was perfect. Paul Oyer - I read a good deal of non-fiction, and Paul Oyer is equally as rare and enjoyable as one of my favorite authors, Bill Bryson. Formatting - This book is written to be read. The clear thinking combined with tight structure was very much appreciated. Originality - Online dating meets economics - This is the first time in history this topic has been available to write about, and it's certainly worth reading. I especially liked the beginning, when the reader gets to know the author a bit and he describes his online dating experiences.
I liked learning some basics of economics, too, but I thought his explanations and examples were more extensive than necessary; this could have been edited into a more concise and engaging shorter book. A well written book applying basic economic principles to dating, rationalizing the supporting data and speculating on future impacts. It's a rational economic view and does not incorporate the impact of behavioral economics - people are not always rational.
A great book for those who have an interest in traditional economics and who would enjoy a fun application to dating. This is a great book. As a professional in the field i found the book highly informative and i could not put it down. From moral hazard to adverse selection from Spence to Arkelof the book gives a wonderful, enjoyable and readable survey of economics. My wife also loved the book and i would venture to say that this is the only well maybe there is another one out there dating book and definitely only economics book a couple can read!
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