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Imprint: Oneworld Publications

Subject: Business

Dirty Money

The Economics of Sex and Love

Marina Adshade

In this witty and revelatory investigation of the so-called dismal science, University of British Columbia professor Marina Adshade skips the usual widgets and uncovers how the market comes to bear on our most intimate decisions: sex, dating, courtship, love, marriage, even breaking up.


The science of ‘sexonomics’ is born:

  • How much money does an ugly guy need to have to attract as many women via an online dating site as a hot man?
  • Is modern marriage just an opportunity to consume more goods and services?
  • Does raising the price of beer reduce risky sex?
  • Why does a spike in the sale of sex toys predict an upcoming recession, while an increase in the number of breast lifts indicates a perkier economy is on the way?
  • Which comes first: a prosperous nation or a promiscuous one?


Once you read Dirty Money, you’ll never look at your money – or your relationships – the same way again

  • Publication date: May 2, 2013
  • ISBN: 9781780742588
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 272
  • Publication date: May 1, 2013
  • ISBN: 9781780742595
  • RRP: £4.99
  • Pages: 288


"A delightful book… Adshade shows that forces of supply and demand indeed loom large in the implicit market for romance." Robert H. Frank

The New York Times

Marina Adshade

Marina Adshade is Assistant Professor of Economics at the School of Economics, University of British Columbia. Her work on the markets for sex and love

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