Marriage, Sex, and Money

December 2004
Journal of Financial Planning;Dec2004, Vol. 17 Issue 12, p21
Academic Journal
This article discusses the association between marriage, sex, and money. In bear markets and tough economies, clients may struggle to gain much ground financially. But according to two economists, there are two sure-fire ways to at least feel richer: marriage and sex. Being married is the equivalent happiness level of earning $100,000 a year if an individual is single, conclude a Dartmouth College economist, David Blachflower and Andrew Oswald, an economist at the University of Warwick in England. The two economists also claim that frequent sex makes a person feel like a million bucks, that is, weekly sex is the happiness equivalent of earning $50,000 a year. Divorce, on the other hand, is the equivalent of losing $66,000 in year in income.


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