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Gender Differences in Mate Selection: Evidence from a Speed Dating Experiment

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  • Raymond Fisman

    (Graduate School of Business, Columbia University)

  • Sheena S. Iyengar

    (Graduate School of Business, Columbia University)

  • Emir Kamenica

    (Department of Economics, Harvard University)

  • Itamar Simonson

    (Graduate School of Business, Stanford University)

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    We study dating behavior using data from a Speed Dating experiment where we generate random matching of subjects and create random variation in the number of potential partners. Our design allows us to directly observe individual decisions rather than just final matches. Women put greater weight on the intelligence and the race of partner, while men respond more to physical attractiveness. Moreover, men do not value women's intelligence or ambition when it exceeds their own. Also, we find that women exhibit a preference for men who grew up in affluent neighborhoods. Finally, male selectivity is invariant to group size, while female selectivity is strongly increasing in group size. Copyright (c) 2006 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology..

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    Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Quarterly Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 121 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 2 (May)
    Pages: 673-697

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