Many students find the end of the term the ideal time to break up with that not-so-special person they’ve been seeing. Maybe your returns to scale in the relationship are constant or even decreasing. Or maybe you really don’t have that much specific capital invested in the relationship (K is low). Or, perhaps, you’ve found a relatively higher redeployment value for your affections. If that’s the case, transaction cost theory suggests that you might consider outsourcing your break up.
That’s right, a mere $10, will get you into a “basic break up,” with escalating rates based on increasing specificity (engagement, divorce), but, interestingly, not based on increasing complexity.