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Marriage Markets and Male Mating Effort: Violence and Crime Are Elevated Where Men Are Rare

Overview of attention for article published in Human Nature, September 2016
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#18 of 381)
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  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (84th percentile)

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58 tweeters
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Title
Marriage Markets and Male Mating Effort: Violence and Crime Are Elevated Where Men Are Rare
Published in
Human Nature, September 2016
DOI 10.1007/s12110-016-9271-x
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Authors

Ryan Schacht, Douglas Tharp, Ken R. Smith, Schacht, Ryan, Tharp, Douglas, Smith, Ken R

Abstract

The negative social outcomes in populations with male-biased sex ratios are a growing concern. In general, the expectation is of heightened violence as a result of excess men engaging in antisocial behavior and crime, thereby threatening societal stability. While intuitive, these claims are largely unsupported in the literature. Using mating market theory as our guide, we examine indicators of male mating effort, including (1) violent competition between men (homicide, aggravated assault) and (2) indicators of uncommitted sexual behavior (rape, sex offenses, and prostitution). Our unit of analysis is U.S. county-level data. We find that counties with more men have lower rates of crime and violent behavior. Our findings challenge conventional claims of male excess leading to elevated levels of violence. Instead, in support of mating market predictions, we find that criminal and violent behavior related to male mating effort is least common in male-biased sex ratios. We discuss the implications of our findings for public policy regarding incarceration and criminal behavior.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 4%
Croatia 1 2%
France 1 2%
Luxembourg 1 2%
Austria 1 2%
Sweden 1 2%
Unknown 44 86%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 20%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 12%
Researcher 6 12%
Unspecified 6 12%
Other 6 12%
Other 17 33%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 21 41%
Social Sciences 12 24%
Unspecified 9 18%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 4%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 4%
Other 5 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 136. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 July 2018.
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#104,967
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#18
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#4,550
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#3
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