Speed dating economics
It also helped that instead of full contact details, our heifer only had to offer up her e-mail address; emails can easily be ignored and an email address is changeable as a last resort.2) Participants who turn up to events where the participants of the opposite sex are less/more desirable according to the usual statistics, may themselves be less/more desirable, and their standards higher/lower accordingly.The data were collected by Ray Fisman and Sheena Iyengar, an economist and a psychologist at the business school here, and they summarized their findings in this paper: We study dating behavior using data from a Speed Dating experiment where we generate random matching of subjects and create random variation in the number of potential partners.Our design allows us to directly observe individual decisions rather than just final matches.
There may be a compulsion to tick ‘yes’ to every box to check who else has said ‘yes’ to them, but this would mean their contact details would be received by people they may not have liked.
However, it turns out that the invention of speed dating has saved economists from turning up on their mates’ dates dressed in lab coats and toting clipboards.
Vast amounts of data have been generated by speed dating events in the following way: 1) Potential participants sign up for the events, and in the process provide information about themselves in the form of gender, education, height, and earnings, etc.
Also, once the model has been fitted successfully once, Ray, Sheena, and others would be able to fit it to other similar datasets easily enough.
Finally, let me thank Ray and Sheena again for making their data available to all.Women prefer taller men with higher incomes, while men prefer slimmer women.