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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.

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Praise for "Spousonomics" "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" "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 l

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