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Higher Income, Cuter Husband? Comments

  • By MP Dunleavey
  • December 21, 2010

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OK, gals—besides a fatter 401k, here's another benefit to boosting your income:

As a woman's earning power grows, she is more likely to choose an older, more attractive mate, says a new study published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology this month.

"Previous research shows that men place greater importance on physical attractiveness when picking a partner, whereas women focus much more on whether someone can provide material resources," says lead researcher Fhionna Moore, of Abertay Dundee University, in this interview on ScienceDaily.

That all changes as a woman's wealth increases. Debunking the so-called cougar effect, researchers theorize that being financially independent gives women greater confidence in choosing a mate who is older, attractive and more powerful.

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