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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:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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