Steven Levitt has a great post today on the economics of gold digging (link). Basically there is a letter that was posted on craig’s list from a woman looking for a man who makes at least $500K a year. In response a high salaried man about the differences in the assets (looks and money_ the two couple bring to the table: “your looks will fade and my money will likely continue into perpetuity.”
I also like Dr. Levitt’s final aside that economists tend to marry well. I agree with this assertion from my sample of 1. A couple reasons economists might marry well is that they are in a male dominated field, in graduate school, but are in a social science so they might interact with other fields that have more women (sociology and anthropology). Perhaps household models and game theory also help in being a good spouse.
Or maybe we are better looking than other fields.