Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Economics I Learned from Online Dating Hardcover – 7 Jan 2014
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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!
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.
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.