Well, This Is Certainly One Way to Give Advice

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On a blog for the Wall Street Journal (where else?), Emily Oster gives advice based on economic theory. For example:

There is a model in economics called the “sS” model. It’s not often applied to relationships, but I think it should be….If something really good happens, or many good things in a row, it pushes you over some threshold (this is the “S” threshold) and you get married.

It’s not exactly Dear Sugar, but Oster comes up with some sound advice anyway.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →