, Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 18–22 | Cite as

Economics of Sex: Cost-Benefit Analysis

  • Petr Houdek
  • Petr Koblovský
Symposium: Sex and Controversy


The article presents an application of the cost-benefit analysis to human sexual behavior. We suggest that an event or occasion which lowers the costs of sex – such as increasing free time, decreasing health risks of sexually transmitted diseases or lowering the probability of parenthood (or costs connected with parenthood) – usually leads to an increase in sexual activity. Although the reviewed studies concerning these effects confirm our predictions, findings are not robust, e.g. a vaccination against STDs does not always lead to an increase in sexual activity. In the conclusion, we make several socioeconomic recommendations resulting from the application of the economics of sex.


Cost-benefit analysis Sexual behavior Opportunity costs STDs Natural disasters Contraception Abortion Homosexuality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Business AdministrationUniversity of Economics in PraguePragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Faculty of Social and Economic StudiesJ. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad LabemÚstí nad LabemCzech Republic

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