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ECONOMETRICS An analysis of the influence of Demographic Factors on Extramarital Affairs Instructor: Nguyen Thu Hang
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Contents AN OVERVIEW OF THE TOPIC ............................................................................................... 2 REVIEW OF PREVIOUS LITERATURE ................................................................................... 4 DATA ........................................................................................................................................... 6 SPECIFICATION OF THE MODEL ........................................................................................... 6 RESULTS .................................................................................................................................... 8 DISCUSSION ............................................................................................................................ 13 CONCLUSION .......................................................................................................................... 15 1
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I.An overview of the topic: Marriage is defined as a legal union between two people. Extramarital affairs are romantic or sexual relationships outside of marriage that present both legal and moral problems for the society. Extramarital affairs may or may not ultimately result in a divorce; various studies indicate that the number of dependent children and the level of marital satisfaction before the revelation of extramarital affairs have statistically significant impact on divorce decisions. People are more likely to have an extramarital affair if they are economically dependent on their spouse, and men are much more likely to do so, according to a study released in USA. The Kinsey Report found that the first time people were asked if they had been unfaithful 30% admitted they had. When questioned more thoroughly, another 30% confessed to extramarital sex, bringing the total to 60%, indicating reluctance to admit to infidelity even for a scientific survey. While it’s not clear the exact percentage of marriages affected by infidelity, it appears the percentage of people under 60 who have affairs is 50 – 60% for men and 40 – 50% of women, with the survey focusing on a middle and upper-income group. As a research, 60% of men and 40% of women has at least one extramarital affair in their married lives in Vietnam in 2014. This issue happens for some surprising reasons and depend on different factors such as gender, years of married. And the irregular relationship is believed to have negative effects, not only to the person getting involved but to the surroundings as well. Such individual may have difficulty with the self-esteem and guilt, and when the issue is exposed to others, there will be the loss of trust and thus, family connection is broken, and worse situation may leads to disorientation and isolation. 2
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This paper statistically tests the hypothesis that the number of affairs people have depend on demographic characteristics of the population such as gender, age, education, occupation, years married, number of children, satisfaction with married life and degree of religiousness . II.Review of previous literature: In general, extramarital affairs are considered morally intolerable. Thus, journalists and reporters tend to approach this social aspect almost negative and subjective with a mere focus on psychological and behavioral viewpoints. This, in turn, results in the lack of reliable and neutrally accurate data. Together, these put a limitation on statistically economic studies on the influence of demographic factors on the extent of extramarital affairs. On the other hand, different researchers give different (even controversial) opinions about which major factors affect the commitment of adultery.
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