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Monday, November 27, 2017

Old Friends, New Research

Interdisciplinary research is all the rage, and sometimes the best way to enter this world is by building bridges on campus with other departments.  

If readers have tips on building these cross-campus relationships, I'm all ears.  I’ve been lucky that an old friend and former classmate in the economics department from the University of Chicago recently arrived on my campus as faculty in the business school.  It wasn’t long before we started to brainstorm on the links between our fields. 

And now, we’re working on a new empirical project.  The hypothesis is that people are not aware of the legal consequences of marriage, and are not considering them seriously enough.  But, we shall soon see how the data turns out. 


Posted by Margaret Ryznar on November 27, 2017 at 04:33 AM | Permalink


Yes, I suppose everyone has a different definition of "enough." Probably we'll leave that to our readers to decide once we analyze and publish the data. But, we will be surveying people's knowledge of the legal consequences of marriage and how confident they feel about their own knowledge, and whether they consider these consequences in getting married and in considering a prenup. My thought is that if generally people are not getting the legal consequences of marriage correct, they are not considering it enough.

Posted by: Margaret Ryznar | Nov 29, 2017 1:08:11 AM

I suppose how much people consider the legal effects of marriage is an empirical question, but I wonder what would be the correct amount of consideration to give to the legal effects of marriage. How do you measure that to figure out whether the amount people do consider it is "enough?"

Posted by: biff | Nov 27, 2017 10:34:31 PM

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