Friday, February 5, 2010

Economists do it with models

Heard any good economist jokes lately? The recent Economics Convention in Atlanta was full of them, as the so-called "dismal science" celebrated the fact that sex and humor sell, even during a recession.

PBS NewsHour covered the event, including a presentation by Emory's Hugo Mialon on the economics of faking ecstasy in lovemaking.

"This paper was suggested to me by my lovely wife and colleague, Sue Mialon," he says.

Listen to the full report by PBS. Believe it or not, there is even a knock-knock joke.

Who's more likely to fake it?

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