October 30, 2006

How do you find the one

Finding your prospective mate can be difficult, but if you a run a Speed Dating agency, it is possible for you to find out what exactly people look for in a mate. Michèle Belot and Marco Francesconi conducted a similar researched and after much analysis, they report that "the role of individual preferences is overshadowed by that of market opportunities".

Of the estimated variation in attribute demand, preferences can explain as little as one percent along occupation, height, and smoking, and up to 30-40 percent along age and weight for male subjects and 45 percent along age among female subjects. The rest is explained by opportunities. But despite this, preferences have a part when we observe a match, i.e., when two individuals propose to one another. Matches are driven by more pronounced preferences for socioeconomic similarity along attributes like age, education, and occupation
So if you're looking for a partner, no matter what your occupation or height or smoking tendencies, just make sure you get enough opportunities with the one, you want to be the one.