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Male organ and economic growth: does size matter?

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  • Westling, Tatu

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This paper explores the link between economic development 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. It can alone explain over 15% of the variation in GDP. The GDP maximizing size is around 13.5 centimetres, and a collapse in economic development is identified as the size of male organ exceeds 16 centimetres. Economic growth between 1960 and 1985 is negatively associated with the size of male organ, and it alone explains 20% of the variation in GDP growth. With due reservations it is also found to be more important determinant of GDP growth than country's political regime type. Controlling for male organ slows convergence and mitigates the negative effect of population growth on economic development slightly. Although all evidence is suggestive at this stage, the `male organ hypothesis' put forward here is robust to exhaustive set of controls and rests on surprisingly strong correlations.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 32302.

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Date of creation: 11 Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:32302

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Keywords: Economic growth; development; male organ; penile length; Solow model;

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  1. Mankiw, N Gregory & Romer, David & Weil, David N, 1992. "A Contribution to the Empirics of Economic Growth," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 107(2), pages 407-37, May.
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  1. Male organ and economic growth: does size matter?
    by bbatiz in NEP-HIS blog on 2011-07-28 15:06:15
  2. Penis size and growth
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2011-08-16 14:24:00
  3. Correlation and Causality
    by David Stern in Stochastic Trend on 2011-08-19 07:49:00
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Cited by:
  1. Kässi, Otto & Westling, Tatu, 2011. "Economics of Smash-Hit Papers: Spillover Evidence from the 'Male Organ Incident'," MPRA Paper 33173, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. David I. Stern, 2011. "From Correlation to Granger Causality," Crawford School Research Papers 1113, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.

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