Author of MAKE YOUR MOVE and DATE-ONOMICS, Fortune Contributor, Dog Enthusiast
Jon Birger is the author of two dating books — Make Your Move: The New Science of Dating and Why Women Are in Charge (BenBella Books, 2021) and Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game (Workman Publishing, 2015). He's a familiar face and voice on television and radio, having appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, BBC World Service, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and Fox News. Past speaking engagements include: The Cato Institute, South By Southwest, The Economic Club of Florida, New York University, and University of Kansas. Date-onomics was more pop science than self help, explaining how the college gender gap — one-third more women than men have graduated since 2000 — has affected campus life and post-college dating. Jon's latest dating book Make Your Move offers solutions and strategies for college-educated women struggling with modern dating. Make Your Move's two big themes: showing why women who make the first move have an advantage and encouraging singles to log off the dating apps and ask out people they actually know and like instead. Jon can tailor remarks to your group or event. Prior speaking topics include: the trouble with online dating; the impact of college sex ratios on campus life; the connections between lopsided sex ratios and modern hookup culture (and #MeToo); the boy problem in American education; and why elite colleges are exploiting a loophole in Title IX in order to admit more boys. Before emerging as America's accidental dating guru, Jon was a senior writer at Fortune Magazine, penning feature articles on companies such as Apple, Priceline and Royal Dutch Shell. He's been named to AlwaysOn Network’s list of “Power Players in Technology Business Media.” His work has also appeared in Barron’s, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Money, New York Magazine, Time Magazine, The New York Post, and The Washington Post. A graduate of Brown University, Jon lives with his family in Larchmont, N.Y.
“Jon Birger brings an economist’s scientific rigor and a magazine writer’s lively writing to the topic of romantic relationships and the high-achieving woman’s search for love. If Freakonomics and Liza Mundy’s The Richer Sex had a love child, it might be Make Your Move.” —Stephanie Mehta, Editor In Chief of Fast Company “Make Your Move is a book that provides clarity during a confusing time for singles. Dating’s old ‘rules’ don’t work anymore. Today’s new era demands a new guidebook for how to seek and create lasting relationships. Thankfully we have Jon Birger, who weaves analytical research, exhaustive reporting, and fun storytelling into practical counsel that moves past all the outdated thinking and tired advice on dating. Make Your Move, in a way no other work has, helps us rethink who we want and how to meet them.” —Sridhar Pappu, Author and “Male Animal” columnist for The New York Times "For heterosexual college-educated women searching for a partner and frustrated by the mystery that is modern dating, Make Your Move is a godsend – the cheat sheet you’ve been waiting for." —Manhattan Book Review “Rules are meant to be broken and dating culture has been long-overdue for a re-write. As a dating coach of 15+ years, I have always recommended that female clients take control of their love lives and witnessed how that consistently leads to more matches than a chivalry-led strategy. Make Your Move expertly outlines this argument and gives women the tools to find quality partners in this changing dating landscape.” —Damona Hoffman, Los Angeles Times advice columnist and host of The Dates & Mates Podcast “Date-onomics is the Moneyball of dating. College-educated women wanting to improve their odds in today’s wacky marriage ‘market’ will be dog-earing its pages.” —Jean Chatzky, NBC’s Today show financial editor and New York Times bestselling author "Think Freakonomics and Moneyball if you run across Date-onomics, a by-the-numbers book on dating that argues advice-givers serving up tips for women on how to a find a man have it all wrong." —Associated Press “A fascinating look at romance and what’s going on with the mating rituals of homo sapiens today. [Date-onomics] will surprise and enlighten you.” —AJ Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and Drop Dead Healthy “[Date-onomics] provides fascinating evidence to show how and why dating and mating culture in America has changed in the 21st century.” —Kirkus Review
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