Extramarital Affairs in Sikkim and their Causes: A Study with Emphasis on the Difference Between the Sexes
Ruma Kundu1, Kul Bahadur Chettri2, Girijasankar Mallik3

1Ruma Kundu*, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Sikkim University 6th Mile, Samdur, P.O. – Tadong, Gangtok, Sikkim.
2Kul Bahadur Chettri, Research Scholar, Department of Economics, Sikkim University 6th Mile, Samdur, P.O. – Tadong, Gangtok, Sikkim. 
3Girijasankar Mallik, Sr. Lecturer, School of Business (Parramatta Campus) Western Sydney University, Australia.  
Manuscript received on December 21, 2021. | Revised Manuscript received on February 03, 2022. | Manuscript published on February 28, 2022. | PP: 19-26 | Volume-8 Issue-6, January 2022. | Retrieval Number: 100.1/ijmh.D1416126421 | DOI: 10.35940/ijmh.D1416.018622
Open Access | Ethics and Policies | Cite | Mendeley | Indexing and Abstracting
© The Authors. Published By: Blue Eyes Intelligence Engineering and Sciences Publication (BEIESP). This is an open access article under the CC-BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)

Abstract: Collecting data for 240 individuals from rural and urban regions, this study examines the possible determinants of number of extramarital affairs (EMANO) in a hill state (Sikkim) in India. Using Poisson, Zero Inflated Poisson (ZIP) and instrumental variable Poisson (IV Poisson) model, this study found that income; financial satisfaction and marital satisfaction has positive and significant effect on number of extramarital affairs. Religiousness and same caste marriage reduce the chance of having EMANO significantly. This study also found that the relationship between the number of years married and EMANO are nonlinear and the tendency of having extramarital affairs reduces once the married life reached 12-13 years on average. Level of significance and importance of the variables on EMANO differs between male and female population. 
Keywords: India, Extramarital Affairs, ZIP, IV Poisson-GMM
Scope of the Article: Communication Studies