It’s the same with dating: For a better shot at what you’re looking for, you have to enter as large of a pool as possible.Of course, in most cases you won’t be lucky enough to get a 1:1 ratio of people interested in dating each other, but you can always move to a city or neighborhood that’s skewed in your favor.Because nothing says “adulthood” like moving across the country to find more single ladies.

In the job market, employers and employees are more likely to be successfully matched if there’s a wider pool.

After all, even if you have a 1:1 ratio, odds are not everyone in the employee pool will be perfectly suited to one company.

If you increase the pool size, it follows that more of your job candidates will be suited—if not perfectly suited—to a company looking to hire.

Then we analyze the classic Cournot model of imperfect competition between firms.

We consider the difficulties in colluding in such settings, and we discuss the welfare consequences of the Cournot equilibrium as compared to monopoly and perfect competition.

Economic theories can really help you up your dating game.

Promoting his recent book “Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Economics I Learned from Online Dating,” Paul Oyer wrote on how economic theories can be applied to the world of online dating.

More recently I've developed methodological concerns with the neglect of explicit moral motivation in the models, which I've been meaning to explore (as I did with respect to law-and-economics in the past).

But as an internal critique, I've always wondering why mating/dating behavior (before marriage or committed cohabitation) has not been looked at to any extent in the literature.