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Do Men and Women Have the Same Average Number of Lifetime Partners?

Eva Deuchert & Marc Artzrouni

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abstract It is generally thought that for sake of consistency men and women must have the same average number of lifetime partners. However, this is not the case in general. When men have younger partners, women enter sexual relationships more quickly than men and have a higher number of lifetime partners. A male dominant model applied to UK data on the male rate of entry into a sexual relationship and the male partnership formation function shows that in a stationary population (zero growth rate) women have 9.1% more partners than men. In a stable population with an intrinsic growth rate of 2% and a larger but still plausible difference between the ages of partners, women have 24.6% more partners than men. Given that in sex surveys men report more partners than women, the resulting bias in estimated numbers of partners may therefore be larger than previously thought
   
type journal paper
   
keywords lifetime partners; male dominant model; stable population; stationary
population; United Kingdom
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 5-11-2010
journal Mathematical Population Studies
publisher Taylor & Francis (London)
ISSN 0889-8480
ISSN (online) 1547-724X
DOI 10.1080/08898480.2010.514853
volume of journal 17
number of issue 4
page(s) 242-256
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citation Deuchert, E., & Artzrouni, M. (2010). Do Men and Women Have the Same Average Number of Lifetime Partners?. Mathematical Population Studies, 17(4), 242-256, DOI:10.1080/08898480.2010.514853.