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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (686 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paula Szuchman, Jenny Anderson Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9780307876782
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Your marriage is fine, right? Sure, there are showdowns over who unloads more dishes, and some simmering discontent over who drives more car pools, cleans more dust bunnies, and keeps the social wheels of your existence greased. The sex is good, though you can’t remember when you last had it. Come to think of it, you’re plagued by a nagging sense that marriage used to be so much more fun. Marriage can be a mysterious, often irrational business. But the key, propose Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson in this incomparable and engaging book, is to think like an economist. We all have limited time, money, and energy, but we must allocate these resources efficiently. Spousonomics is a clear-eyed, rational route to demystifying your disagreements and improving your relationship. 

Smart, funny, deeply researched, and refreshingly realistic, Spousonomics cuts through the noise of emotions, egos, and tired relationship clichés to solve the age-old riddle of a happy, healthy marriage.

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  • Praise for Spousonomics
  • Apply economic principles to marriage and you will be happier is the message —and the more you think about it, the more it makes perfect sense.... Thinking of your marriage not as a love affair that is slowly getting buried under layers of family responsibilities, but as a start-up business that is adding skills by the day, makes everything look completely different. Rosy, even. And pretty sexy. Try it. Shane Watson, The Sunday Times
  • Just in time for Valentine’s, two journalists, Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson, have endeavored to show you the way. In their book Spousonomics—complete with a big heart with a pie chart in it on the cover—they promise to teach you how to use economics ‘to master love, marriage, and dirty dishes.’ The book starts with two basic premises. First, relationships exist in a world with scarce resources: time, money, humor, patience, breakfast cereal. Second, the field of economics has a lot to say about worlds with scarce resources. Szuchman and Anderson describe 10 big economic principles and many more small ones to recognize or apply at home in service of a better relationship. ‘By thinking like an economist, you can have a marriage that not only takes less work, but that feels like a vacation from work,’ the book promises. Annie Lowrey, Slate.com
  • Spousonomics pretty much nailed it. Authors Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson, journalists from The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, respectively, propose treating your marital union the same way you’d treat any other business: As an operation that can only succeed if its limited resources are effectively allocated....What I love most about Spousonomics: The authors are funny, smart and relatable--and the advice isn’t just designed to make both parties happy, it’s also simple enough to work. Even if your marriage isn’t operating in the (emotional) red, consider this book a great investment. Jenna McCarthy, iVillage
  • It’s funny, smart and breaks down complex ideas about economics and relationships into easy-to-digest anecdotes about who does the dishes and how often married folks get laid. These are authors who are unafraid to drop an F-bomb and can also tackle big words like ‘intertemporal’ without breaking a sweat. The basic premise of Spousonomics is that we can apply economy theory to our marriages, and make them better in the process. They promise readers improved marriages with more sex, less strife and smoother handling of everything from bills to bedtime routines. Sounds impressive, right? It is. The authors interviewed dozens of married couples, as well as experts in economics and relationships. They know what they’re talking about. Sierra Black, Babble.com
  • Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson say if you only treated your marriage like the business partnership that it is, many of those issues just might solve themselves. It's behavioral finance for the bedroom and beyond. And it is both helpful and hilarious. Tess Vigeland, Marketplace
  • The book is grounded in solid research, makes economics entertaining, and might just save a marriage or two. James Pressley, Bloomberg
  • Spousonomics is one of the most delightful, clever, and helpful books about marriage I’ve ever seen. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed
  • Practical, compelling, and hilarious, Spousonomics highlights economics-based strategies for couples coping with the inevitable annoyances of a relationship. How can you coax him to do chores without nagging? Or change her mind about important decisions, quit yelling at the kids, or step away from the computer? The minute I finished this book, I started to experiment on my husband. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
  • Spousonomics is a brilliant and innovative book. And if you’re a rational consumer, you really have to buy it: A few bucks to improve your marriage? That’s just good decision making. A.J. Jacobs, bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically
  • This book – by suggesting that people are not rational, but irrational – turns our thinking about relationships on its head. A stimulating, must read for all of us who want to better understand and improve our love lives. John Gottman, bestselling author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
  • Spousonomics delivers: Two accomplished journalists master a fascinating body of research I'd been hoping to learn more about, then weave it into a narrative that's a pure pleasure to read. Bravo. Robert H. Frank, Professor of Economics at Cornell University, and author of The Economic Naturalist and The Winner-Take-All Society
  • Spousonomics lets you peer into other people's relationships, with valuable lessons for your own. A fun and breezy read for anyone who wants to be both smarter about economics and wiser about love. Steven Landsburg, author of The Armchair Economist and More Sex is Safer Sex
  • Spousonomics offers couples real life, common sense solutions for some of the knottiest conflicts regularly experienced in marriage. Written with great wit and understanding, it is both very helpful and a pleasure to read. I recommend it highly. John. W. Jacobs, M.D., author of All You Need Is Love And Other Lies About Marriage
  • Comparing marriage to a business doesn't sound very romantic. But in Spousonomics, journalists Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson make a convincing and creative case for how the dismal science can help reconcile marital disputes. Applying economic research to anecdotes from couples around the country, Szuchman and Anderson draw on concepts such as the division of labor and game theory to help readers determine who should mow the lawn or how to persuade a homebody spouse to join you at the movies. Just as technology has made it easier for countries to be flexible in the global economy, the authors propose, so has the redefining of gender roles allowed spouses to become more adaptable partners. Lisa Bonos, The Washington Post
  • “One of the most delightful, clever, and helpful books about marriage I’ve ever seen.”

    Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love

  • “Practical, compelling, and hilarious…The minute I finished this book, I started to experiment on my husband.”

    Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestelling author of The Happiness Project

  • “A convincing and creative case for how the dismal science can help reconcile marital disputes.”

    Washington Post

  • “The book is grounded in solid research, makes economics entertaining, and might just save a marriage or two.”

    Bloomberg

  • “This clever and hilarious book is really a user’s manual for improving relationships in marriage, family, business, and society in general.”

    Miami Herald

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/19/2014

    " Cute. Not as good as I thought it would be, but still cute. Economic principles apply to divvying up chores, making time for one another, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/18/2014

    " This I liked. I enjoy applied economics (at least in terms appropriate for literate laypeople) and it was interesting to see game theory, "moral hazard" and loss aversion linked to marriage. The main findings from the book's presentation of econ research are not all that surprising (be transparent in communicating what you want, don't get complacent and remember you can never achieve your personal ideal standards for chores, etc., when another person is involved), but the presentation was novel, the case studies interesting and the authors' sense of humor enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shaheen | 2/18/2014

    " Unfortunately, this book was just too similar to _Freakonomics_ and especially to _Predictably Irrational_, with examples from marriages instead of other arenas. But the economic examples from studies, etc. were all familiar from the previous books, and although many of the marriage anecdotes were interesting, I didn't always feel that they really illustrated the economic principle that they were meant to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Branch | 2/11/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. Similar in thought and tone to Freakonomics, which I loved, but applied to a household, or family setting. Some really good insight on a different way to view and solve some marital and family issues using economics. While I probably will not use all ideas, I think there are definitely some worth while solutions to typical marital and family strife. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 2/10/2014

    " Loved it. This is a great book for anyone who is willing to compromise to make their marriage work, as well as people who don't understand economics. If only Dr. Geiss had taught economics in terms of relationships. Much easier to understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dena Papazoglou | 2/7/2014

    " Interesting point of view, and a fun read. Definitely good to get the print version. I got the kindle version, which I regret because the call outs and tables didn't show up in the right formats. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana Nuevo | 1/27/2014

    " I never did particularly well in any economics course I took in college, I got a lot out of what little I had learned and learned more from seeing how these concepts applied to marriage. It was a nice balance of paying hommage to the economic concepts and giving concrete real examples of marital situations with resolutions. If you are looking for some type of professional development course for how you engage as a spouse, this book could be for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/17/2014

    " Enjoyable, engaging, and easy to read. I might need to buy a copy and keep it on my shelf for more direct application in the near future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gillian | 1/17/2014

    " I wanted this book to be like John Gottman's work - a lot of research applied to relationships in an interesting and relevant way. I think this book wanted to be like Gottman's work as well, but it just didn't quite get there. The case studies were pretty good, but the authors have an annoying habit of trying to be clever and cutesy in their writing, presumably to make economics more palatable to womenfolk. I just found it irritating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/29/2013

    " If economics had been presented in such a fun way in high school/college, I might have been an economics major! This book is witty and useful for relationships in general. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie Adgate-rua | 12/16/2013

    " Funny, sexist, good overview of ECON 101, entertaining.............. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna Seckman | 11/15/2013

    " Interesting but a little too economic-y to ever really hold my interest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha | 10/23/2013

    " I thought based upon a radio interview I had heard that this might be a great twist on economic theory...one in the realm with freakonomics and outliers. I was sorely disappointed! It is not clever or unique. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leila Ames | 5/16/2013

    " An interesting concept. It was fun to read about the case studies and discover some of the reasons why different marriages/relationships succeed or fail. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marci | 5/27/2012

    " Very interesting and relatable advice, reading it here and there with other things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merritt | 3/3/2012

    " sometimes I read non-fiction because it's available immediately as an e-book at the public library! sometimes it's a book that mixes economics and relationship advice I already know! but that's okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 10/14/2011

    " I liked it. I *never* read self-help books except when I do. And I never like them. Until this one. If you're like me you already have all the answers but this book had some interesting angles and pleasant surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 8/27/2011

    " Freaking brilliant. I'm pretty sure I learned more from this book about managing the common challenges of marriage than I did from our expensive premarital counseling sessions. Plus, I learned a few economic terms, too. Win-win. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 5/24/2011

    " Applies basic economic principles to marriage. I learned some things about economics, in addition to relationships. Funny and full of real life stories. I loved that the authors believe marriage is a relationship worth working for. Some language and content may offend some readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/17/2011

    " I enjoyed the humor in this one. One doesn't necessarily think of a marriage as a Prisoner's Dilemma, but sometimes .... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rileygolden | 4/10/2011

    " Very interesting and relatable advice, reading it here and there with other things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/1/2011

    " No-nonsense guide to achieving marital harmony using the principles of economics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/31/2011

    " The Spousonomics principle is that in marriage you should do what really works, rather than focusing on assumptions about who should do what, or even well-intentioned but impractical notions like "fairness". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mdraeger | 3/22/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book and it's approach to talking about marriage. By using economics as the groundwork, it steps away from the usual cliche approaches that books of this sort usually take. And the case studies were well chosen.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/18/2011

    " Interesting read, but the case study format felt weak and repetitive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cat | 3/16/2011

    " Pareto efficiency and comparative advantage applied to household chores: this was right up my alley. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 3/15/2011

    " It was a great book about the mechanics of a relationship and its pitfalls. It was a good book in that it didn't go into the emotions of marriage but what could be done if looked at problems objectively. I definately recommend this one. "

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About the Author
Paula Szuchman is a page-one editor at The Wall Street Journal, where she was previously a reporter covering the travel industry, college internships, and roller coasters. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, N.Y.
 
Jenny Anderson is a New York Times reporter who spent years covering Wall Street and won a Gerald Loeb Award for her coverage of Merrill Lynch. She currently writes on education and lives with her husband and daughter in Manhattan.
About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.