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Dating preferences and meeting opportunities in mate choice decisions

Belot, M and Francesconi, M (2013) 'Dating preferences and meeting opportunities in mate choice decisions.' Journal of Human Resources, 48 (2). 474 - 508. ISSN 0022-166X

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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 > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2013 11:58
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2019 22:16

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