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Gender Differences in Mate Search Effort.: an Exploratory Economic Analysis of Personal Advertisements

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  • Butler-Smith, P.
  • Cameron, S.
  • Collins, A.

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As a logical extension to the microeconomic analysis of human relationships, this study examines the actual method of mate search, in particular the use of personal advertisements. Some empirical support is found for Becker's (1973,1974) explanations of mating strategy, but in relation to the level of search effort by gender, the results are not so clearly in accordance with his thinking.

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Paper provided by Portsmouth University - Department of Economics in its series Papers with number 69r.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:fth:portec:69r

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  1. Vaillant, Nicolas G., 2004. "Estimating the time elapsed between ending a relationship and joining a matchmaking agency: Evidence from a French marriage bureau," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 25(6), pages 789-802, December.
  2. Collins, Alan & Judge, Guy, 2008. "Client participation in paid sex markets under alternative regulatory regimes," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(4), pages 294-301, December.

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