He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Labor Economics. Jasbina Ahluwalia (): It’s a pleasure to have you on.
On today’s show, we’ll be discussing Paul’s book, Everything I Needed to Know About Economics I Learned from Online Dating. To start with, I’m sure our listeners will want to know what led you to write this book in the first place.
When I went back to dating, which I did by online dating in the fall of 2010, I immediately saw the parallels between what I studied as a labor economist and what I was experiencing as someone out in the dating market.
At some point it occurred to me that I’d really like to talk about how the everyday world is shaped by economics, and this just seemed like an obvious starting point for that. What are some of the most obvious parallels in understanding economics in terms of online dating techniques and strategies? Every potential mate is different from one another. I certainly saw some exaggeration or outright lying.
They’re not earth-shattering, but they’re certainly helpful.
In addition, he is the author of two books published in 2014.As a dating coach and matchmaker, I’m always interested in fresh perspectives from authors, researchers and experts to help me provide unparalleled service to our clients.I’m very excited to welcome Paul Oyer to our show today. Merrill Professor of Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a former professor at Northwestern University of Kellogg School of Management.______ Jasbina Ahluwalia (): In terms of the economic principles, I love how you mentioned some already.Any other economic principles that you can share with our audience, some of which will include economists like yourself, that they can really start to look at that principle and apply it to this whole dating arena in a different light?Paul Oyer (): Again, drawing the parallel to the job market, online dating or any sort of matchmaking is very similar to finding a job. Similarly, every job is different and every employee is different. _____ Jasbina Ahluwalia (): When I think of things that you mentioned, I think about the lying or misrepresentation on online sites. There’s what an economist would call, “cheap talk,” and that’s rationally deciding to misrepresent yourself about your age or weight. If one’s self-perception is one thing, it can be difficult to cross that out.