The economics of weddings, chores, and adultery.

The Economics of Marriage

The Economics of Marriage

Slate’s weekly business and finance podcast.
Aug. 8 2015 8:41 AM

The Marriage Edition

Jenny Anderson joins Slate Money to discuss the economics of weddings, chores, and adultery.


Listen to Episode No. 65 of Slate Money:


On this episode of Slate Money, Jenny Anderson of Quartz joins host Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of, and Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann to talk about how economic principles can solve your relationship conflicts. Anderson is the co-author of the book It's Not You, It’s the Dishes: How to Minimize Conflict and Maximize Happiness in Your Relationship.

Topics discussed on today’s show include:

  • There is no economic reason for marriage.
  • The law of competitive advantage says you don’t have to split dish-washing duties.
  • Is it ever economically rational to have an affair?


Podcast production by Audrey Quinn.

Felix Salmon is a journalist.

Jenny Anderson is a London-based reporter for Quartz. 

Cathy O'Neil is a former hedge fund quant and blogger at

Jordan Weissmann is Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.