Social Indicators Research

, Volume 118, Issue 3, pp 1229–1247 | Cite as

Smokers’ Sexual Behavior and Their Satisfaction with Family Life

  • Eiji YamamuraEmail author


Smokers tend to be more impatient and prefer immediate benefits compared with non-smokers. If people follow their primitive instincts they will engage in sexual behavior. Impatient people are more likely to have sex. However, for married people, having sex with a spouse is considered to be an investment in family life. Based on individual level data of Japan General Social Surveys, this paper investigated how sexual behavior differs between smokers and non-smokers. In addition to it, determinants of life satisfaction are also investigated. The important findings through the interval regression model and the ordered probit model are: (1) frequency of sex is positively associated with family satisfaction; (2) unmarried smokers are more likely to have sex than unmarried non-smokers; (3) married smokers are less likely to have sex than married non-smokers. It follows from estimation results that smoking behavior alerts us to his unobserved characteristics before marriage, thus reducing information asymmetry.


Smoker Time preference Sexual behavior Satisfaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsSeinan Gakuin UniversityFukuokaJapan

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