Marina Adshade

Assistant Professor of Teaching

Marina Adshade has spent the last ten years teaching economics and engaging in original economic research. In 2008, she launched an undergraduate course titled Economics of Sex and Love, which invited students to approach questions of sex and love through an economist’s lens. The class was an immediate hit with students and, by the time the first term started, had generated international media attention.

The class led to a blog – Dollars and Sex – on the online knowledge forum Big Think (named the number one news and information website by Time Magazine in 2011) and almost immediately became one of the best-read series on that site, attracting over three quarters of a million unique visitors. As of April 2013, Dollars and Sex has appeared at Psychology Today.

Dr. Adshade’s first book, Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love, was published in the Spring of 2013.

Dr. Adshade is a regular columnist with Canadian Business Magazine and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Mail (UK), the Sunday Times (UK) and the Globe and Mail. She has made numerous TV appearances on CTV and CBC, interviews on CBC Radio and National Public Radio (US), online panel discussions, international and domestic print media and podcasts in Canada and the US.


Female Labour Force Participation in an Era of Organization and Technological Change.
Canadian Journal of Economics, 45(3), Aug. 2012.

Technological and Organizational Change and the Employment of Women: Early Twentieth-Century Evidence from the Ohio Manufacturing Sector.
(with Ian Keay (Queen’s University)), Feminist Economics, 16(1), Jan. 2010.


The Rich are Different from the Rest of Us.
Review of Income and Wealth, 55(4), Dec. 2009.


Review of Ann Porter’s Gendered States: Women, Unemployment Insurance and the Political Economy of the Welfare State in Canada, 1945-1997.
Canadian Public Policy, 30(4), Dec. 2004.


The Origin of the Institutions of Marriage.
(with Brooks Kaiser (Gettysburg College)) Queen’s Economics Department Working Paper No. 1180.

Winter 2022

ECON351 Sex and Gender in the Economy Sections

Application of economic analysis to marriage, fertility and health, gender inequality in labour markets and unpaid caregiving; the application of sex and gender-based policy analysis to topics related to employment, and technological and social change in current and historical perspectives.

Winter 2022

ECON490 Seminar in Applied Economics Sections

Selected problems and issues in the theory and practice of Economics. Each section will focus on a different field. Restricted to Economics Majors, and Combined Majors in Economics their final academic session.