Pursuit of Truthiness

my gut tells me I know economics

The Economics of Relationships

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 Women care more about intelligence and ambition in a man.  A man likes to see these in a woman only if he perceives hers as less than or equal to his own.

Men care more about looks.

Women usually prefer to date within their own race; men, when it comes to dating at least, don’t have a racist bone in their body (insert pun here).

A topic eminently worthy of thought.

People at Columbia did an experiment and came up with these results that are, I think, fairly predictable yet nonetheless interesting for having been determined scientifically.

Their acknowledged flaw was looking only at extremely short-term relationships (speed dating).  One significant unacknowledged flaw is that their sample group may be very nonrepresentative; there are a lot of ways that Columbia grad students differ from the average person, and dating preferences might just be one of them.


Written by James Bailey

November 12, 2007 at 3:33 pm

Posted in Economics

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  1. Hmmm, this fits with a theory my friend told about me once. Generally, women can get sex easier than men, so they can afford to be more selective. Men take what they can get! ;-P


    November 14, 2007 at 5:16 am

  2. “Daters of both sexes from south of the Mason-Dixon Line revealed much stronger same-race preferences than Northern daters.”

    I want to see these guys analyze facebook’s meta-info feed, filtered for only relationship news.

    With that sort of data, you could get a fantastic sample size with at least 5 potential independent variables and find out how modern humans pick a mate. Or at least a mate they are proud enough to advertise on facebook.


    November 25, 2007 at 8:42 am

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