Tag: assortative mating

How Do Men Really Feel About Dating Ambitious Women?

March 30, 2017
How Do Men Really Feel About Dating Ambitious Women?

A new study conducted by Harvard Business School suggests that single female MBA students actively hide ambition and leadership potential so that single guys in the program won’t be turned off. Since we might expect this population to be among the most ambitious women in the country, I find this extraordinary. If female Harvard MBAs […]

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The Growing Problem With Assortative Mating

December 1, 2016
The Growing Problem With Assortative Mating

Researchers have long understood that humans mate assortatively – that is, we select partners whose traits closely resemble our own. Education, socioeconomic status, religion, geography and other background traits predict which individuals will pair off. This has been viewed as a matter of “social homogamy.” That is, we tend to associate with and date people […]

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Assortative Mating and Good Looks

September 13, 2016
Assortative Mating and Good Looks

I’ve written frequently about assortative mating, and its increasing influence in the dating and marriage market. Assortative mating is defined as the tendency for like to choose like in mating. We prefer mates with similar income, education, religious background, and political beliefs. There’s also a strong observed tendency for people to pair off with someone about […]

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Trends in the US Marriage Market

March 24, 2016
Trends in the US Marriage Market

Contrary to some erroneous impressions, recent research using longitudinal data from almost 10,000 subjects has revealed some interesting patterns with regard to marriage. Specifically, who goes for it. It turns out that the most attractive males and females marry at the highest rates. In addition, increasing female wages offer women the opportunity to delay marriage while holding […]

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Assortative Mating is Here to Stay

January 5, 2016
Assortative Mating is Here to Stay

There’s been a great deal of talk in the media recently about the rise in assortative mating, which is the voluntary pairing off of very similar individuals. Assortative Mating By Education/Income ♥ The marriage rate between people with the same level of education is higher than at any point since the early 20th century. Educational homogamy […]

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