Small breasted dating
If this was the case, then at the close of the market smaller-breasted women only have an option to choose shorter men.It is a silly example but it does demonstrate the point that we can’t tell much about preferences for a mate simply by observing people who are already matched.Really what we want to do is observe people’s choices directly which is why dating websites are so useful to us. What if I have a hypothesis that when choosing a mate, men care more about their potential partner’s appearance than her income and women care more about her potential partner’s income than his appearance. A woman/man can choose between communicating with two people.One earns ,000 a year and is more attractive than 9 out of 10 people on the market.This says that despite the impression that on the marriage market women really care about income, the evidence suggest that they also care about looks. I know what you are thinking: that there is more to finding a partner than looks and income.True, true, but dating websites don’t let you filter your searches by the way he tilts his head when he laughs or her affection for slap-stick humor.
From this market we can determine what individual preferences are for a mate, and this can be extremely useful in economic analysis.
That is, looks really matter to men relative to income.
For women though, if the man in the bottom ten percent in terms of looks earns more than 8,500, they will prefer him over the more attractive guy earning ,000.
We can use the information that tells us who individuals choose to communicate with to determine what X would have to be in order to make a woman/man prefer the less attractive person.
Researchers have done this* and find that for men there is no amount of income that the woman in the bottom ten percent in terms of appearance can earn to make men prefer her over women in the top 10 percent.