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Sexual Activity and Wages / Those employees having sex more than four times a week receive highest wages

“The purpose of this study is to examine whether sexual activity is associated with wages” write Nick Drydakis in The Effect of Sexual Activity on Wages.  (Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor to follow).

The central hypothesis behind this research is that sexual activity, alike health indicators and mental well-being, may be thought of as part of an individual’s set of productive traits that affect wages. The vast medical and psychological literature concludes that sexual activity is associated with good health and improved physical and mental capacities, psychological well-being, and dietary habits. Scholarly studies suggest that there is a positive relationship between sexual intercourse, well-being and longevity. In addition, several studies suggest that mental health, personal happiness, satisfaction, self-esteem, conscientiousness, cognitive functioning and reasoning ability are positively related to the frequency of sexual activity, and that sexual activity is negatively associated with the risks and incidences of depression and stress . Furthermore, there are suggestions that people with active sex lives tend to exercise more frequently, have more strength and endurance, and have better dietary habits than those who are less sexually active.

Sexual activity allows distinct predictions to be made regarding labour market success, since economists consider health status, mental health, and dietary habits/obesity to be crucial variables that influence employees’ wages. Economic studies indicate that individuals with health problems earn less due to limited productivity, unobserved preferences and/or discrimination. For the same reasons, the research suggests that obese people receive lower wages. In addition, economists increasingly view mental health, behaviour and personality traits as non-cognitive skills that can have important consequences for the economic decisions that individuals make and the outcomes they achieve. Indeed, adverse mental health symptoms (depression, anxiety, and neuroticism) have been proven to negatively influence earnings.

Contemporary social analysis suggests that health, cognitive and non-cognitive skills and personality are important factors that affect the wage level. Sexual activity may also be of interest to social scientists, since sexual activity is considered to be a barometer for health, quality of life, well-being and happiness. The paper adds to the literature on the importance of unobserved characteristics in determining labour market outcomes.

Conclusion

The purpose of the analysis was to examine whether sexual activity is associated with wages. The estimations suggested that there is a monotonic relationship between the frequency of sexual activity and wage returns. Those employees having sex more than four times a week receive statistically significant highest wages. Moreover, the outcomes suggested that wage returns to sexual activity are statistically significant higher for those between 26 and 50 years of age. In addition, heterosexuals’ sexual activity does not seem to provide higher or lower wage returns than that of homosexuals. Whilst, wages are higher for those health-impaired employees who are sexually active. Conversely, wage returns to sexual activity are not affected by higher education status, occupation or sector of employment.

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