Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

January 5, 2005

Money, Sex and Happiness

Filed under: — Different River @ 3:28 am

Jim Lindgren has some comments on the latest version of David Blanchflower and Andrew Oswald’s paper “Money, Sex and Happiness: An Empirical Study” in the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

Yes, we economists believe you can actually study these things. Here’s the bottom line (i.e., the 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.

Who said economics was the dismal science?

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