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Does all of this rational-choice stuff take the romance and mystery out of romance (just as some have accused my fellow economist Joel Waldfogel of taking the Christmas spirit out of Christmas)? Our purpose is to understand how life-long relationships are formed.
The first step in helping people find love and happiness is to figure out what they're really looking for in the first place.
But do these old-fashioned stereotypes continue to hold today (if they were true to begin with)?
In a survey we did before the speed dating began, participants rated their own intelligence levels, and it turns out that men avoided women whom they perceived to be smarter than themselves.
The same held true for measures of career ambition—a woman could be ambitious, just not more ambitious than the man considering her for a date.
However, we also found that East Asian women did not discriminate against white men (only against black and Hispanic men).
As a result, the white man-Asian woman pairing was the most common form of interracial dating—but because of the women's neutrality, not the men's pronounced preference. Daters of both sexes from south of the Mason-Dixon Line revealed much stronger same-race preferences than Northern daters.