Is wealth the key to marriage?
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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