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Title: Money, sex and happiness: An empirical study
Authors: Blanchflower, David
Oswald, Andrew J
Contact Email: david.blanchflower@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Happiness
sexual behavior
subjective well-being
sex
income
Issue Date: Sep-2004
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Blanchflower D & Oswald AJ (2004) Money, sex and happiness: An empirical study, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 106 (3), pp. 393-415.
Abstract: The links between income, sexual behavior and reported happiness are studied using recent data on a sample of 16,000 adult Americans. The paper finds that sexual activity enters strongly positively in happiness equations. Higher income does not buy more sex or more sexual partners. Married people have more sex than those who are single, divorced, widowed or separated. The happiness-maximizing number of sexual partners in the previous year is calculated to be 1. Highly educated females tend to have fewer sexual partners. Homosexuality has no statistically significant effect on happiness.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/10197
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0347-0520.2004.00369.x
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Affiliation: Economics
University of Warwick

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