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Demand Curves: Pt 16 The Economics of Sex

You’ve probably heard the term meat market to describe the dating scene — particularly nightclubs and bars.  This term brings the image of women putting themselves on display more than the image of an actual market.  But market dynamics are actually very important to dating whether you searching for love in a bar, online, or if you are already dating someone and want a relationship.  And I think that economics concepts are very useful tools for understanding the dating scene.

Economics is all about the exchange of one scarce resource for another.  This exchange is carried out in markets that coordinate the self-interest and goals of many different people to produce mutual gain.  What does this have to do with dating?  In the dating market, men are usually looking for sex and women for a relationship.  Of course, men are looking for a relationship too but they don’t have sex in order to have a relationship.  They have sex in order to have sex or because it is available or because it is fun or because they are drunk or just for the sake of having sex.  Women, on the other hand, have sex because they want love, romance, commitment, attentiveness, and a relationship.

So women have sex in order to have a relationship and men have relationships in order to have sex.  And voila — we have an exchange.

And like the market for any other product, the exchange is governed by the laws of supply and demand.  In the next post, I will discuss how the laws of supply and demand rule your sex life.




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