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September 2017 The research seminar is held every Wednesday, 1.15 – 2.45 p.m., in room LG 0.423.
Exceptions: On 11/15/2017, 11/22/2017 and 12/13/2017 the event is held in room 4.154!
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10/25/2017

Room LG 0.423

Erik Plug, University of Amsterdam


Brains or Beauty? Causal Evidence on the Returns to Education and Attractiveness in the Online Dating Market

 

Abstract:

We study partner preferences for education and attractiveness by conducting a field experiment in a large online dating market. Fictitious profiles with manipulated levels of education and photo attractiveness send random invitations for a serious relationship to real online daters. We find that men and women prefer attractive over unattractive profiles, regardless of own attractiveness. We also find that high-educated men prefer low-educated over high-educated profiles as much as high-educated women prefer high-educated over low-educated profiles. With preferences similar for attractiveness but opposite for education, two groups are more likely to stay single: unattractive, low-educated men and unattractive, high-educated women.