Choice Architecture for Mail Order Brides

A good choice depends on what your options are. For the women who launch into a long distance marriage to escape their countries – and their humble economic prospects – the options were limited. That helps explain why they did it.
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The Men Who Buy Mail Order Brides

In our previous post on the mail order bride (MOB) industry we saw how a country’s EU-membership gives more opportunities to citizens – so they don’t have to sell themselves in such undignified ways.

Now we turn our attention to the beneficiaries of borders: the rent-seeking men who seek to exchange their birth status for mates who would be out of their league in a dating scene of legal equals.   Continue reading “The Men Who Buy Mail Order Brides”

Mail Order Brides Without Borders

Hungarian Women

Country: Hungary
Population: 9,939,470
Ethnicity: Hungarian 92.3%, Roma 1.9%, other or unknown 5.8%
Languages:Hungarian 93.6%, other or unspecified 6.4%
Contraceptive prevalence rate: 80.6%
Obesity – adult prevalence rate: 27.6%
GDP – per capita (PPP): $20,000
Mail Order Brides suitability rating: 2-star mail order brides

“Hungary is a member of the European Union and has a thriving economy. There are few Hungarian mail order brides. Hungary is not recommended as a top country to search for a mail order bride, although it is a country of interest for many foreign women from poor countries who wish to immigrate to a more prosperous country.

We recommend that you consider countries with a 3-star rating or higher to find the international woman of your dreams, for romance, love, and marriage, as these countries will provide more of an abundance of beautiful young women that wish to meet you.”

–recommendation about potential mail order brides from Hungary

The mail order bride industry is not a Hungarian issue but it makes you, the individual, appreciate the opening of borders. It should make you think before bashing the EU.
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This Generation of Politicians is a Disgrace

The evolution of political leaders since the second world war can be described in three logical stages, following a sadly predictable pattern of decline.

First, there were statesmen with values and convictions. Then came the media-savvy generation of gradually decreasing amount of conviction and vision. But they still followed the rules and still wanted to be loved. If you think they are deplorable, wait for the third generation: the logical endgame of the evolution of political elites. Continue reading “This Generation of Politicians is a Disgrace”