From The Sydney Morning Herald
By Adele Horin
MEN in search of true happiness should steer clear of bimbos and dumb blondes: research shows men are happiest if they marry smart women.
Every extra year of education a wife has under her belt significantly increases the chances her husband will report being highly satisfied with life. But Shane Mathew Worner, of the Australian National University's economics program, says it may be that an educated woman's earning power is her biggest asset.
In a paper to be presented at the HILDA Survey Research conference this week, he says "the higher the education level of the wife, the happier the husband is."
The study is based on a sample of more than 5000 Australians drawn from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey.
Hmm. This sounds like advice that someone’s granny would give, ‘oh, don’t worry about those other girls with their breasts and blonde highlights and thong underpants, you’re a smart cookie. You just keep hitting those books and you can get a man to marry you.’ Some joking aside, this a nifty study. It looks like men perceive waaaay more benefit from marriage than women do. According to the survey, a man feels he has to earn an extra $136,000 to feel the same satisfaction as being married. He also is 135% likelier to be ‘highly satisfied’ with his life. Women feel they must earn an extra $122,000 but are only 52% more likely to be ‘highly satisfied’ than their single comrades. The most important part of the study was that a man’s likeliness to be happy is increased by 8% for every extra year of education that his wife has. Women are not (according to the study) affected by their husband’s level of education but are happier when their husbands are smarter.
Note: $136,000 in Australia is about $117,000 US.
Note: Australians are a lot like Texans except they like rugby instead of football.