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The 'Spousonomics' Guide To A More Blissful Marriage (PHOTOS)

02/16/2011 11:02 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Here's a brain teaser: What do economics and your marriage have to do with each other (beyond figuring out where all your money goes every month)? The answer: A lot. At its core, economics is the study of how people, companies, and societies allocate scarce resources. Which happens to be the same puzzle you and your spouse are perpetually trying to solve: how to spend your limited time, energy, money, and libido in ways that keep your marriage thriving.

In "Spousonomics: Using Economics To Master Love, Marriage, And Dirty Dishes", we apply economic principles to resolving common conflicts in marriage. Did you pack on some pounds right after saying "I do"? That's moral hazard at work. Do you bicker endlessly over who packs the dishwasher better? You're figuring out your comparative advantage. And how about the marital bedsprings? Still bouncing? If not, it's time to refresh your memory about sex and the laws of supply and demand.

Here are 8 tips to manage the microeconomy of your marriage and make it a little
more robust.