Economics Professor Explains How Love is Consuming

Published: November 04, 2015 | Author: Savannah Cannon | Read Time: 2 minutes

Economics Professor Marina Adshade Explains How Love is ConsumingHistorically, love has been the root of our survival as a species; however, the economic gains to marriage have diminished dramatically. Yet we continue to marry, not for our survival, but simply because marriage allows us to feel love for, and the love of, another person. On Thursday, Nov. 12, Author, Dr. Marina Adshade will be presenting in the State Bank of Southern Utah Business Executive Speaker Series on “Modern Love is All Consuming” in the Starlight Room of the Sharwan Smith Student Center on the Southern Utah University campus at 11:30 a.m.

Marina Adshade didn’t start her academic career exploring ways that economics can improve our understanding of sex and love, but started down this path in 2008 when her department started looking for new ways to bring students into their classrooms. She proposed they offer a course that would encourage students to apply economic theories to their own lives in more meaningful ways than standard first year economics classes might. The economics of sex and love was born and, perhaps not surprisingly, the class was extremely popular among students. The following year, as a new way to expose her students to the class material, she started writing a campus blog that was picked up within a few weeks by the website Big Think. And what started as an interesting pedagogical exercise became a full-time passion for Dr. Adshade. In the past few years, she has published a book - Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love - and has written for the Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, Psychology Today, The Globe and Mail and Buzzfeed. She as made numerous TV, radio and other public appearances and, in fact, is giving a TED talk next weekend in Vancouver where she teaches at the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia.

Sponsored by the State Bank of Southern Utah and hosted by the SUU School Business, the Business Executive Speaker Series is intended for the benefit and education of students, employees and the community at large. The lecture series features accomplished business executives from a variety of industries throughout Utah and beyond who have shared their professional knowledge on timely business issues that affect us all. Recent speakers have included the first female president of a major resort on the Las Vegas Strip, Renee West, President and COO of Excalibur and Luxor Resorts and Casinos and entrepreneurial phenomenon Bill Child, Chairman of the Board for RC Willey.

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