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Male organ and economic growth: does size matter?

Westling, Tatu (2011): Male organ and economic growth: does size matter?

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Abstract

This study explores the link between economic growth and penile length between 1960 and 1985. It estimates an augmented Solow model utilizing the Mankiw-Romer-Weil 121 country dataset. The size of male organ is found to have an inverse U-shaped relationship with the level of GDP in 1985. Economic development between 1960 and 1985 is negatively associated with the size of male organ. With considerable reservations it is also found to be a more important determinant of GDP growth than country's political regime type. Two interpretations for the patterns between male organ and economic growth are discussed briefly: the link between penile length, testosterone and risk-taking, and self-esteem production. Despite the robust statistical links, until more rigorous treatments on the subject the proposed 'male organ hypothesis' should be taken with reservations.

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