Social Science Research on Pornography

Current Projects

Pornography and Marriage with Kirk Doran (Notre Dame)

We use data from the General Social Survey to test the impact of pornography use on marital intimacy, marriage quality, infidelity, and divorce. Our initial analysis is rooted in the question of whether pornography and marital intimacy are substitutes or complements. Our analysis exploits variation in access to pornography coming from the diffusion of VCRs, post office boxes, and the internet.

Cost of Pornography to US Companies

We explore potential costs of pornography use at work to US companies. These include costs associated with sexual harassment, firing costs for pornography related incidents, and decreased worker productivity. Quantifying these costs may provide justification for technology or legislation to make it easier to reduce the amount of pornography in the workplace.