Volume 40 - Article 12 | Pages 307–318  

Ambient temperature and sexual activity: Evidence from time use surveys

By Tamás Hajdu, Gábor Hajdu


Background: Previous research has found that unusually hot temperatures reduce birth rates eight to ten months later.

Objective: We examine one of the potential mechanisms behind this relationship: the connection between ambient temperature and sexual activity.

Methods: We use individual-level data provided by three waves of the Hungarian Time Use Survey between 1986 and 2010 and daily weather data from the European Climate Assessment & Dataset project.

Results: Hot temperatures do not have a significant effect on sexual activity on a given day. Studying the dynamics of the relationship, we found that temperature does not influence sexual activity on subsequent days either.

Conclusions: Since high temperatures seem to have no negative effect on sexual activity, the relationship between temperature and sexual activity might be a mechanism of minor importance in the relationship between temperature and birth rates.

Contribution: Our paper is the first study of the relationship between ambient temperature and sexual activity that uses time use data.

Author's Affiliation

  • Tamás Hajdu - Magyar Tudományos Akadémia (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Hungary EMAIL
  • Gábor Hajdu - Magyar Tudományos Akadémia (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Hungary EMAIL

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