Sure, you could tune into TV talk shows for some tough love advice about the state of your relationship, or have a sit-down for coffee with your closest girlfriends to vent about your husband’s domestic shortcomings.

But have you ever considered the advice of Adam Smith or John Maynard Keynes? There’s a lot you could learn about marital bickering from these two well-known economists. So say the authors of the book, Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage & Dirty Dishes.

Authors Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson, who write for The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, have applied the market rules of cold hard capitalism to the economy of your marriage to help you efficiently allocate limited resources such as time, money, sanity, and, yes, even your sex drive.

Here are the top 7 surprising mistakes you’re making in your marriage.

1. Splitting the housework 50/50.

This is often considered the “fairest” way to split the chores, whether it’s washing the dishes or walking the dog.

But aiming for 50/50 means you’re constantly keeping score, making sure that neither of you is getting the short end of the stick, and bickering every time you think you are. Spend too much time fixating on fairness today, and you risk not making it in the long run when things often balance out.

It’s better to use a system similar to what economists call “comparative advantage,” where each of you is responsible for what you’re best at, relative to other tasks. You might handle all the bills, grocery shopping, and laundry, while your spouse sweeps, mops, and fixes things when they break.

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