Really what we want to do is observe people’s choices directly which is why dating websites are so useful to us. What if I have a hypothesis that when choosing a mate, men care more about their potential partner’s appearance than her income and women care more about her potential partner’s income than his appearance. A woman/man can choose between communicating with two people.
One earns ,000 a year and is more attractive than 9 out of 10 people on the market.
If this was the case, then at the close of the market smaller-breasted women only have an option to choose shorter men.
It is a silly example but it does demonstrate the point that we can’t tell much about preferences for a mate simply by observing people who are already matched.
My students often interpret this result as saying that women really care about money, but that is not what it says at all—6,000 is a huge difference in income.
If women didn’t care about looks and only cared about money, the figure would be much, much lower.
This doesn’t just apply to the question of race but about other characteristics as well.She’s won not only the Thomas Mann Prize, in her native Germany, but also Italy’s Strega Europeo, something of a Booker for the Continent.Now the book is out in this country, under the title Go, Went, Gone, and though Erpenbeck’s four previous have won critical esteem—the New York Review of Books deemed her last novel “ferocious as well as virtuosic”—here, …For example, you might ask, “On a scale of one to ten, how important is it that your mate is the same race as you?” This is an interesting question because we observe surprising few mixed race marriages in the census data and finding out why is informative (we will definitely return to the question of same-race preference in a future post).