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Sex in the Economy

Paris Hilton

Only those with sufficient resources can afford to waste them, making conspicuous consumption attractive to a potential mate.

By Jason Collins

The imprint of the competition for mates and status can be seen in the past and present shape of our economy.

Jason Collins is a PhD student in the University of Western Australia’s Business School. He blogs at Evolving Economics (www.jasoncollins.org).

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