Thursday, October 23, 2008

Why You Should Never Marry an Economist

A phone conversation this week...

Wife: [Our son] was impossible this morning, I had to threaten to take away [his favorite toy].

Me: Did it work?

Wife: Well, yes but...

Me: See, it's all about the incentives...

Wife: It is NOT all about the incentives, it's terrible, I hate having to resort to threats!

Me: You can't get frustrated, its human nature to respond to incentives, you have to embrace incentives, INCENTIVES BABY!

Wife: Arggh!

(This is the moment where I usually try and change the subject)

Me: What a beautiful day, eh?

...I can never quite figure out why there are so many two-economist couples, I think I would find being married to me insufferable. 

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