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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New Yorkers on Sunday were weighing in on a recent study in Germany, which concluded that people who have sex more often are more likely to command higher salaries.

The study was published in July by the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany. Author Nick Drydakis, an economics lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, concluded that people between the ages of 26 and 50 who have sex four times a week or more earn 5 percent more than those that do not.

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The study also found that those who were not having sex at all made 3.2 percent less than those who were.

As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported, one man, Craig, said the correlation has worked for him.

“I made $10 more an hour since meeting (my girlfriend),” he said. “I started out at a certain rate, and a year later, after meeting my beautiful girlfriend, I’m making $10 more an hour.”

Craig’s girlfriend, Megan, said she thinks the correlation is true.

“They say that having sex on a regular basis lowers your blood pressure. You’re happy. You’re less stressed out. So if that can do that in your everyday life, you’re obviously going to bring that to work with you and be calmer,” she said.

In the study, Drydakis concluded that the correlation between sexual activity and high earnings does indeed imply causation.

Drydakis pointed out that frequent sexual activity is associated with “good health and improved physical and mental capacities, psychological well-being, and dietary habits,” as well as more frequent exercise and better physical strength.

People with the opposite traits – who suffer from physical or mental health problems or obesity – are likely to earn less “due to limited productivity, unobserved references and/or discrimination,” the study said.

Drydakis told CBS News he was interested in the subject because of previous studies that had linked sexual activity with extroverted personalities and good health – which in turn has been linked to higher wages.

He told CBS News that the correlation between sex and earnings may boil down to the theory of Maslow’s Need Hierarchy – in which people must have basic needs such as food, water and sexual activity before they can attempt to succeed in other life aspects.

“In the absence of these elements, many people become susceptible to loneliness, social anxiety, and depression that could affect their working life,” Drydakis told CBS News.

The data for the study were collected from 7,500 people between the ages of 26 and 50 who lived in Greece. The subjects included both straight and LGBT participants.

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