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Economic Rockstar

Jan 29, 2015

Dr. Marina Adshade engages in original economic research in the area of women in the economy. She has a Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Ontario Canada and currently teaches economics at the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia.

In 2008, Marina developed a unique specialization in the economics of sex and love  and launched an undergraduate course titled ‘Economics of Sex and Love’, which invited her students to approach questions of sex and love through an economist’s lens. The class was an immediate hit with students and, by the time the first term started, had generated international media attention.

This culminated in the publication of her first book in 2013, ‘Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love’. Marina converts economic theory into a sexy science by applying the principles of supply and demand and other market forces to matters of love, courtship, sex, intimacy, and marriage. 

Find out:

  • why we should use sex and love in economics.
  • why Dr. Adshade decided to use the topic of sex in teaching economics.
  • why international media attention from Korea and Russia brought a spotlight to Marina's Module.
  • why Malthus called economics a dismal science.
  • how sci-fi novels are better at predicting new technologies more so than social change.
  • about the future of sex with androids.
  • how the male contraceptive can increase the bargaining of power of men over women.
  • how economic growth results in liberal attitudes.
  • if there is a causal relationship between economic growth and gay marriage.
  • who makes a better saver: men or women?

  • how Orgasms can be used to explain Game Theory.

  • how the market for sex and love is like a barter economy.

  • the similarities between Economics and Biology.

  • if you met somebody that had a variety of qualities that you valued but didn’t love, would you still marry that person?

  • about the Big Mac Index and the Blow Job Index.

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