Is wealth the key to marriage?

Posted by James, 11 Jul 08

It’s not about the man’s looks … it’s his riches study says.

If a man wants to settle down, it’s important to be rich, according to a pioneering study of the "marriage market" by psychologists. Much as there have been earlier studies suggesting that women are drawn to men of high status, power and wealth, rather than just looks, this new study proves it all … with evidence.

After surveying more than 20,000 American men, based on historical data from the turn of the last century, when the supply of men goes down – say like during of the First World War, women settled with poorer partners of lesser social sway. But when supply is high, they get choosy, driving a hard bargain for the richest and most powerful men, hence immensely reducing marriage prospects of the male pauper. Its all about market value.

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So as the supply of men increased, the effect of wealth and power on the probability of marriage became stronger. "This means that the effects of a male-biased sex ratio fell disproportionately on low-status men, whose probability of marriage was drastically reduced," said Thomas Pollet in his journal Biology Letters.

The work confirms a prediction made by Frank Pedersen of the University of Delaware in 1991 that the sex ratio has a big impact on the marriage market.

"These questions are ripe for future investigation, but our study has clearly established the more limited fact that sex ratio fluctuations in modern humans can put one sex in the driving seat and allow them to drive a hard bargain."

Well, we also see men looking for cougars with money. Is it a change in lifestyle or market forces in play? Do riches determine ones marital status these days?

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  1.   djstime says:
    Posted: 14 Apr 10

    So you consider Tiger settled?..

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  2.   fkoi says:
    Posted: 14 Apr 10

    Money can't buy love but poverty can't buy s***.

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  3.   TML721 says:
    Posted: 06 Jan 09

    If this true, I'll be single for a LONGGGG time!! :):)

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  4.   enigma01 says:
    Posted: 31 Aug 08

    I agree totally with Biggsdarwin. Security is important in a relationship but with character, money will know its proper place. A rich man without character makes a miserable partner; and a woman without character will make an equally miserable partner but where they have shared values and know where they are headed, marital bliss is assured.

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  5.   enigma01 says:
    Posted: 31 Aug 08

    I agree totally with Biggsdarwin. Security is importatn in a relationship but with character, money will know its proper place. A rich man without character makes a miserable partner; and a woman without character will make an equally miserable partner but where they have shared values and know where they are headed, marital blis is assured.

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  6.   Biggsdarwin says:
    Posted: 27 Jul 08

    Having been both the rich man and the poor man, and having seen a woman decide that sickness and health, for richer or poorer were just words, I can say, from my perspective, that there is nothing wrong with a woman that wants security. For me, the challenge is in understanding and expressing my belief that my worth, my true value can never be measured by the gold standard, or the profit and loss statement. My worth, from my heart, should be based on my emotional honesty and availability, my willingness to embrace our relationship as paramount, regardless of outside forces. That a kind word and breakfast in bed carries more inherent value than any dress, car, bauble, trinket or trip that can ever be purchased. But that is just me. When I had the money, I had no character. Now that I have character, the money will have its proper place. But perhaps this is all just wishful thinking....

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  7.   lindat1219 says:
    Posted: 26 Jul 08

    Having money is nice . But having someone who has a heart that has money is worth their weight in gold . For me if I was involve with a man who had money I would still treat him like any man who is deservant and kind . I would be lucky he chose me among others he could have had . Money does help but money for me cannot buy love .

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  8.   jahmiyyah says:
    Posted: 25 Jul 08

    The times that we live in now, relationships and marriages are all about being "BUSINESS PARTNERS". Lets face it women and men are in it to excell, I never thought that it was ever about the female gender alone,but simply people wanting to get ahead in life and settle down with that person that has a mutual desire to obtain the things that they want. Now if you want to break it down to subcultures,(IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD) women are making it clear,that it is all about how well a man can make you holler in the bedroom....AND SMILE AT THE MALL! BUT THAT'S ANOTHER STORY!

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  9.   Member says:
    Posted: 20 Jul 08

    I don't think there's anything wrong with being Flexibly Financially Secured. Now to some women. That statement might throw them off a bit. They probably would say to you. "Just how Flexibly Secure are you?" Take my advice. Don't tell them anything. You could be looking at a High Maintenance Protege in training. (Ha ha ha ha) In all due respect. It should be about the person. Not the size of his or her's bank account. Build a relationship first. After all. You don't know each other well enough, to get that deep into each other's financial personal business.

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  10.   lacie100 says:
    Posted: 19 Jul 08

    yep

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  11.   Sucess says:
    Posted: 12 Jul 08

    Believe me it is not a person's net worth that attracts the lovers. It is the flashing of those assets real or not. Or the position of power that the person has. I think that power is the honey that catches the flys. Think back to Govennor Bill Clinton. Did he get more women as a governor than Paul Allen who has been as high a the second richest person in the world, but never made Peoples "Sexiest Man Alive" lists. I have a seven figure net worth; never been married. I was raised that it was boorish and stupid to let women know that. I just keep it low keyed. I have never hid from my women friends that I own income producing property, part of a thriving business that is better than not having them. None of these women have tried to get into my pocket, even ones making close to minimum wage. They are their own person regardless of their financial status. Several men have tried with ideas about how I can help them with their schemes. I have fondness for these women, but not the men.

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