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Sugar daddies really are sexy and rich, says dating website CEO

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As we reported, "Who Marries Differently Aged Spouses? Ability, Education, Occupation, Earnings and Appearances" was penned by University of Colorado Denver assistant economics professor Hani Mansour and University of Colorado Boulder associate economics professor Terra McKinnish and published in the online Review of Economics and Statistics.

Mansour and McKinnish maintain in the study, on view below, that "in direct contrast to conventional wisdom and most economic models of marital age gaps," the majority of men and women who marry across a wide age gap "are negatively selected."

This last phrase means exactly what it seems. The authors state that "empirical results show lower cognitive ability, lower educational attainment, lower occupational wages, lower earnings, and less attractive appearance among those married to a differently aged spouse."

The profs offer plenty of data to back up their hypotheses, but the digits don't convince SeekingArrangement.com's Wade. He's issued a press release to dismiss the findings, which he maintains are "not reflective of the 'Sugar' community." He insists that the study fails to account for what he sees as two substantial factors: those who are wealthy and those who are single.

"The University of Colorado Denver's findings are based on the surveyed '99 percent,' not the '1 percent' of society that commonly becomes Sugar Daddies," he's quoted as saying. "In addition, the University based its findings on married couples, which is not definitive of a 'sugar' relationship. Only 33 percent of the Sugar Daddies on SeekingArrangement.com are married."

As for those who visit the site, here are some highlighted items of what's referred to as "The Sugar Daddy Truth," which we've helpfully photo-illustrated:

Average Sugar Daddy age: 39 years old.

Continue for more of Brandon Wade's defense of sugar daddies, including photos and more.

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