Columbia study on racial preferences in dating

By choosing “I agree” below, you agree that NPR’s sites use cookies, similar tracking and storage technologies, and information about the device you use to access our sites to enhance your viewing, listening and user experience, personalize content, personalize messages from NPR’s sponsors, provide social media features, and analyze NPR’s traffic.This information is shared with social media services, sponsorship, analytics and other third-party service providers. One social science finding which I’ve wondered about over the past few years is the result that women care much more about the race of a potential mate than men do.The fact that individuals tend to want to mate assortatively with those who share their characteristics is no surprise.Rather, what does surprise are a series of papers that show a very strong asymmetry in strength of preference between males and females.To be crass about it, an attractive warm body will do for a man, but women strongly prefer a body with the packaging of their own race!There really isn’t much room to describe much about yourself sometimes.

Download PDF Iyengar, Sheena, Raymond Fisman, and E. "Racial Preferences in Dating: Evidence from a Speed Dating Experiment." Review of Economic Studies 75, no. Each author name for a Columbia Business School faculty member is linked to a faculty research page, which lists additional publications by that faculty member.First, let’s keep this in perspective, here are the correlations from the GSS for married individuals for several variables of note (I’ve filtered for whites here): Ethnicity – 0.40 Highest Degree – 0.55 Socioeconomic index – 0.32 I think it’s interesting to note that the variable which reveals meritocratic achievement has the highest correlation.Ethnicity is something you’re born into, and socioeconomic index is a metric which derives from the milieu in which you were raised.A few points need to be made clear: males do not exhibit statistically significant racial preferences by and large. I’m not surprised that older subjects have weaker biases, I suspect frankly they’re more realistic and don’t want to narrow their options anymore than they have to.Finally, I’m totally confused as to why hotties would be less race conscious; you would figure if hybrid vigor is real that the marginal returns would be greatest for the fuglies (specifically, assuming that fugitude correlates with individual mutational load and hybridization would be better at masking that load).

Leave a Reply