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Paul Oyer: Everything I Ever Needed To Know About Economics, I Learned From Online Dating

Economist Paul Oyer believes people seeking a partner on-line should study economics since the internet has turned romance into just one more marketplace.
The online hunt for a honey is even more of a marketplace than we thought. A Stanford economist, who went online to date, discovered all the searching and signaling that goes with it is actually right out of his textbooks. The dismal science turns out to be the blueprint for love. Who knew? 

Check out the dating profile we constructed for  The Current.

So, you've been forced into online dating. Let's assume that you want to do it effectively. First things first, your profile. Photos: they're required. Minimum of three. Maximum of ten. And if you're making the same face in every single photo, they don't count as one. You need a full body shot, we want to see that a**. Weird face, social situations, you looking pensive on a rock... all excellent. Also, no bathroom selfies!Online advice from Malia AuParis

A busy market floor is probably the last place you might associate with romance... unless, perhaps, you've spent any time lately in the world of online dating.

Yes, it may not be typical Valentine's Day fare to equate modern day courtship with modern day markets, but that's certainly the experience that Paul Oyer seems to have had.


The Stanford economist has recently published a book titled, Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Economics I Learned from Online Dating.

Paul Oyer joined us from Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California.

The woman Paul Oyer invested in online and swept off her feet is Professor Kathryn Stoner who joined us from her office ... also, at Stanford University.

What do you think of Paul Oyer's discovery ... the relationship between economics and online dating?

Share your thoughts on your online dating experience.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Peter Mitton.

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