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Dating Preferences and Meeting Opportunities in Mate Choice Decisions

Belot, Michèle and Francesconi, Marco (2013) 'Dating Preferences and Meeting Opportunities in Mate Choice Decisions.' Journal of Human Resources, 48 (2). pp. 474-508. ISSN 0022-166X

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Abstract

Much empirical evidence shows that female and male partners look alike along a variety of attributes. It is, however, unclear how this positive sorting comes about because marriage is an equilibrium outcome arising from a process that entails searching, meeting, and choosing one another. This study takes advantage of unique data to shed light on the forces driving choices at the earliest stage of a relationship. Both women and men value physical attributes, such as age and weight, and reveal that their dating choices are assortative along several traits. Importantly, meeting opportunities have a substantial role in determining dating proposals.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2013 11:58
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 11:03
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7523

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