The Economics of Faking Ecstasy

  title={The Economics of Faking Ecstasy},
  author={Hugo M. Mialon},
  journal={ERN: Other Microeconomics: Welfare Economics \& Collective Decision-Making (Topic)},
  • Hugo M. Mialon
  • Published 2012
  • Economics, Medicine
  • ERN: Other Microeconomics: Welfare Economics & Collective Decision-Making (Topic)
In this paper, we develop a signaling model of rational lovemaking. In the act of lovemaking, a man and a woman send each other possibly deceptive signals about their true state of ecstasy. For example, if one of the partners is not in ecstasy, then he or she may decide to fake it. The model predicts that (1) a higher cost of faking lowers the probability of faking; (2) middle-aged and old men are more likely to fake than young men; (3) young and old women are more likely to fake than middle… Expand
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