How Dollars and Sex intertwine

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The economy can do much to explain the dynamic between lovers because it affects everything from bargaining power to the market for singles. Our Project Money explores that equation with Gail Vaz-Oxlade and Marina Adshade, author of Dollars and Sex.



As Groucho said, " love flies out the door when money comes innuendo". And actually, you don't even need the innuendo to crash a relationship.

Gail Vaz-Oxlade was our host last Friday with a special Project Money edition of The Current. She had a lot to say about personal finance with lots of tips many of our listeners' found useful. But when Toronto City Hall had another of its increasingly frequent convulsions and we had to cut Gail's program short. She'd prepared one more interview which we had to postpone -- until today.

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Smart people can make very dumb decisions with their money - and their relationships often suffer the consequences. Gail Vaz-Oxlade has seen people risk their relationships and futures because of out of control spending. The new reality is that many women earn just about as much as, or sometimes even more, than their significant other.

And that leads to a much different world than 50 years ago when it comes to decisions about what to do with the money and who makes the decisions.

It's far from romantic, but Marina Adshade says economics can explain a lot of what happens in romantic relationships. She's an economist at the University of British Columbia and the author of Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love, and she keeps a blog by that same name.

Marina Adshade was in Vancouver.


If any of that rang a bell for you, let us know.... How have tensions over money affected your relationships?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar.


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