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Jon Birger

Author & Journalist
Fortune Magazine

Jon Birger is an award-winning magazine writer, speaker, and the author of "DATE-ONOMICS: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game" (Workman Publishing, September 2015). DATE-ONOMICS makes the case that lopsided gender ratios among young college graduates — 4 women have graduated for every 3 men since 2000 — are behind the rise of the hookup culture and the declining marriage prospects of educated women. In other words, it's not that he's just not that into you. It's that there aren't enough of him! Jean Chatzky, financial editor of NBC's Today Show, called DATE-ONOMICS "the Moneyball of dating," adding that "college-educated women wanting to improve their odds in today’s wacky marriage ‘market’ will be dog-earing its pages.” New York Times best-selling author AJ Jacobs lauded DATE-ONOMICS as "a fascinating look at romance and what’s going on with the mating rituals of homo sapiens today."

Jon was a senior writer at Fortune from 2005 to 2010, where he wrote feature articles on companies such as Apple, Priceline and Royal Dutch Shell. Silicon Valley's AlwaysOn Network named him to its list of “Power Players in Technology Business Media,” and Jon's writing has also appeared in Fast Company, The Washington Post, Barron's, Money, Time Magazine, and New York Magazine. Jon's lecture circuit stops include The Cato Institute, The Economic Club of Florida, The University of Kansas, and SXSW 2016. Jon is also a familiar face and voice on television and radio, discussing topics ranging from the dating market to the stock market. His media appearances include ABC’s Good Morning America, BBC World Service, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. Jon is a graduate of Brown University. He lives with his family in Larchmont, N.Y.

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