The One Where Tina Explains the Economics Behind Friends

By Tina Tomas (Creighton University)

Widely regarded to be one of the best shows in television history, Friends is about three young men and three young women who face life and love in New York.  Following these six through the tumults of dating, marriage, divorce, kids, and career changes, the show makes us laugh.
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Let Me Sweet Talk You Into Reading This

Working in restaurants, sweet talk paid my rent. Sweet talk ensured a good dining experience despite the $200 bottle of wine.  It was particularly lucrative when the sweet talk was so good they opted for a second bottle. Or, that five-star dessert adding another $50 to the check. Sweet talk wasn’t only directed at customers. I used sweet talk to persuade managers or fellow servers to put me in good sections or let me go home early. Continue reading “Let Me Sweet Talk You Into Reading This”

Online Dating and Economics

Kathryn and Kenzi invite you to listen to ReasonablEconomics’ very first podcast. They share stories, advice, commentary on recent events, and lots of economic jargon. Leave your comments below: feedback is necessary for the growth and development of any functioning society, as Adam Smith says! Continue reading “Online Dating and Economics”

Every Breath You Take: Smith’s Creepy, Yet Impartial Spectator

Recently a friend and I were ranking creepiest love songs. The beautiful, but haunting “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley was mentioned as a runner-up. I suggested that really anything by the ever-angsty Death Cab for Cutie qualified. But we ended up agreeing that  “Every Breath You Take” by the Police takes the cake. He may only be able to see her in his dreams, but there’s a good chance she should only see him in court to file a restraining order. Continue reading “Every Breath You Take: Smith’s Creepy, Yet Impartial Spectator”

Making Decisions When Married: A Wicksellian Perspective

Love is in the air! I recently married the love of my life. Marriage is not only a great tradition, it is economically effective! Well, in theory. We can now bask in the cost savings of consuming goods together such as a home, car, kids, Netflix accounts, groceries, and so much more! Continue reading “Making Decisions When Married: A Wicksellian Perspective”