Journal Article

Racial Preferences in Dating

Raymond Fisman, Sheena S. Iyengar, Emir Kamenica and Itamar Simonson

in The Review of Economic Studies

Published on behalf of Review of Economic Studies Ltd

Volume 75, issue 1, pages 117-132
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 0034-6527
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1467-937X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-937X.2007.00465.x
Racial Preferences in Dating

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We examine racial preferences in dating. We employ a Speed Dating experiment that allows us to directly observe individual decisions and thus infer whose preferences lead to racial segregation in romantic relationships. Females exhibit stronger racial preferences than males. The richness of our data further allows us to identify many determinants of same-race preferences. Subjects' backgrounds, including the racial composition of the ZIP code where a subject grew up and the prevailing racial attitudes in a subject's state or country of origin, strongly influence same-race preferences. Older subjects and more physically attractive subjects exhibit weaker same-race preferences.

Keywords: J15

Journal Article.  7921 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Demographic Economics

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