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Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Economics I Learned from Online Dating by [Oyer, Paul]
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Advance Praise for "Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Economics I Learned From Online Dating"
Lori Gottlieb, "New York Times" bestselling author, "Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough"--
"Economists may not be known for their romantic expertise, but Oyer explains the ins and outs of online dating with such clarity, humor, and scientific prowess that I'm guessing many marriages will result from his book. A hilarious, thought-provoking, must-read manual for anybody who wants to find The One and learn why love and the economy make for highly entertaining bedfellows."
Sam Yagan, cofounder, OkCupid, and CEO, Match.com--
"I thought I knew a lot about online dating and a lot about economics, too. But after reading this book, I now know a lot more about both (and a bunch of other things, as well). The application of economic principles to something everyone has experience with--dating--will help readers figure out how to behave in any market."
Alvin E. Roth, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences--
"'Brave and funny' is an unusual thing to say about an introduction to economic thinking, but the description fits both Paul Oyer and his book."

About the Author

Paul Oyer is the Fred H. Merrill Professor of Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. A former professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Labor Economics. He lives in Stanford, California, with his two children and his flat-coated retriever, Josie.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 752 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (17 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GQDL7MK
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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First chapter is very interesting - hooked me in. Was really looking forward to dig into this book - but the more I read, the less I enjoyed it. There are so many fascinating insights you could make around dating and economics - so why is the author mainly focusing around the two most well known facts in the history of dating? Women look for wealth and men look for beauty. Stereotypes! So much time is spent dwelling on this that you just wish someone would give you a fake call so you could ditch the book and do a runner.

The author's fascination with the idea of signalling is terrible - having one or two special emails to send only those you really really want to meet, that be for a date or for a job interview does not seem very thought through. Consider a job applicant who sends 10-20 applications a month to find a new job - and now gets the option to mark 2 of these with a signal so the employer knows they really want to work there. If the applicant isn't right, the signal doesn't matter - the employer isn't going to award anyone an interview just because there's a signal adding weight to the intent. Now there will be 18 companies out there with jobs that could have be ideal for this candidate - if it wasn't for the fact that they are now armed with the knowledge that they aren't his first priority.

The self deprecating humor fast becomes (REALLY) annoying and you wonder if the editor was on vacation before letting this book off to the press - it could have been very well written if cut down in half.
Only good thing about the book is that the author in the end reveals that he did indeed find love - although not by following the advice given in his book.... Surprise!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked it 7 Jan. 2014
By anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're a bad shopper, you might over-pay for melons at the grocery store or get taken by a car dealer. If you're a bad "shopper" in a so-called matching market, you might end up with a spouse you can't stand (or who can't stand you) and a job you hate. In short, the stakes in matching markets are high. To make matters worse, these markets are notoriously complicated: you have to both choose and be chosen and you often don't know what you are "buying" until it's too late. You have to make decisions on the basis of very incomplete information. 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 personal---the author's warmth and self-deprecating sense of humor come through.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining read 6 Jan. 2014
By Ach wie gut, dass niemand weiß, dass ich ... - Published on Amazon.com
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Disclaimer: I am an academic economist and hence my perception of what is entertaining might be different from yours. Also, I have never tried online dating so I cannot personally verify how representative the author's experiences are and how closely they relate to economic concepts.

That said I greatly enjoyed reading Paul Oyer's book. It made for a highly entertaining read (I devoured the book within a few days) and while I was very familiar with (and in fact teach) many of the topics discussed in the book I still learned a few things from his perspective of the academic literature that is usually inaccessible to the layman. But the author clearly explains the sometimes complex concepts and the take-aways at the end of every chapter are very informative and yet also hilarious. The book really is an excellent combination of education and entertainment that had me yearning for more. Let's hope the author writes another book!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! I don't remember a time I read a book this quickly 31 Dec. 2013
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
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The title and articles I read about the book intrigued me. I thought it'd be good to get a refresher on the basics of microeconomics and this would be a good way to do it. I guess you could say that "I couldn't put this book down" since I don't remember ever finishing a book this quickly (2 nights). It was very informative, easily understood, and funny. Best book I've read in a long time.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three things make this book worth reading... 7 Feb. 2014
By Cody L. - Published on Amazon.com
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1. 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.
2. Formatting - This book is written to be read. The clear thinking combined with tight structure was very much appreciated.
3. 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.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what you would expect from a Standford academic 14 Jan. 2014
By Robert W. Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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I have never studied nor been interested in Economics.

A book on economics by a Standford professor. With that description, you'd have to pay me to read it. But not so. Oyer is more akin to my high school teacher who through love of subject & engaging personality made Latin come alive (Arnold Barbknecht - Still think of him fifty years later). Economics is transformed from what I thought to be esoteric, mathematical magic to the familiar.

An old black & white movie portrayed Christopher Columbus convincing potential backers that he could accomplish the impossible by betting he could stand an egg upright on the small end without it falling over. They with confidence, take the bet. He produces a hard-boiled egg from his pocket & presses the small end to the table accomplishing what 'til then I thought was impossible. He then states, " Some thing are simple when you are shown how."

Oyer is no hard-boiled egg (head), yet he makes it simple (& relevant).

By sucking the romance out of the dating process (a byproduct of combing Economics with dating) he provides a great service to those searching for "the One". "The One" can only found with a heart tempered by the head.
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