The Economics of Relationships

There’s a good reason why I’m not the first person you would go see for relationship advice. But in the interest of the advancement of human knowledge (and perhaps give a rational explanation for why I am single), I present – the Economics of Relationships.

Relationships, like most things, can be explained through simple economics. Supply and demand. As it is usually up to the man to make the first move, pay for dinner etc, women can be seen as sellers of the product, ie. themselves (supply), and men as the buyers (demand). Please, let me go on. The current status of a relationship can be largely described as the equilibrium function of supply and demand (intersection of two lines), in that a woman will supply the quantity of time spent with her partner (Q), in which men pay for in return (P) (when I say ‘men pay for’ I don’t necessarily mean money. It may also include love, dinner, sex, gifts etc). This can be represented graphically as such:

From this model, it can be seen that the more a male invests in a female (demand shifts right), the more time the female is willing to spend time with him, and vice versa. Conversely from a female’s perspective, the less time she is willing to spend with him (supply shifts left), the more he is willing to invest in her.

We often hear women complain about their boyfriends treating them badly. What they do not realise is that they have let their supply curve shift too far to the right. This crosses the demand curve at a very low P, but a very high Q, hence she is now spending too much time with him in which he now takes her for granted. To solve this, the female must realise that she isn’t an exogenous variable she has no control over, but rather she must shift her supply curve back to the left, decreasing Q. In other words, let the man know what he’s missing. He’ll want you back.

Anyway, that’s it for tonight, maybe more on the subject as I think it up. I really need to get laid.

Disclaimer: I did not intend the above to be in any way sexist. If you were offended, have a teary, then go make my dinner.


3 Responses to The Economics of Relationships

  1. Evelyn says:

    You’ve been saying you need to get laid since grade 12 hun….


  2. Jimmy says:

    That really hurts dude, especially on the inside.

    So what are you wearing? πŸ˜‰

  3. Chris says:

    Classy man. Real classy.

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