The other thing is looks matter a lot, but it turns out that weight doesn’t matter that much independent of looks.
So an overweight person who is otherwise medium attractive will do almost as well as a medium attractive person who is not overweight. And what about men’s preferences versus women’s preferences?
OYER: Men, on the other hand, care a lot less about income.
Women who make more don’t get a lot of extra attention.
And by the way, there’s a very interesting recent study by two University of Chicago economists and another economist from another school, and they find that once you get out of this world into real relationships, relationships tend to be less stable and happy if the woman makes more money than the man.
So that makes sense that women should be more attracted to money than men to begin with. So someone to hang out with and if it turns into more that’s good?
So here’s the question: does all of Oyer’s knowledge translate into actual wisdom? DUBNER: Vogt and Oyer sat down with Suzie Lechtenberg, a producer on our show. [MUSIC: Christopher Norman, “Word of Prey” (from EP3)] DUBNER: Now, as Paul Oyer sees it, the most important first step in online dating is to know exactly what you’re trying to get out of it. OYER: Okay, so as I look at what you’ve got here, well, before we even look at it we have to stop and think about the first thing an economist is going to do is think about supply and demand. tend to swing much more towards more available women.
Well, he recently re-entered the dating world himself, after a 20-year absence, and when he signed up for some online dating sites, he found that the dating market very much resembled the labor markets he’s used to studying.
And, more important, he realized, dating could be much improved if only everybody approached it like an economist would. OYER: Now, more education, it turns out, doesn’t have much of a direct effect.
I had the profile up for two or three weeks, and she got close to 1000 men message her.
Paul OYER: When men are deciding who to contact on dating sites, looks matter a great deal. Women are in general a little bit more attracted to lawyers, doctors, men in the military and firefighters, which I’d always heard was a stereotype, but apparently it turns out to be at least a little bit true.
So you’re under no pressure to hook up for a long-term relationship right now. The other thing is just more generally, aside from your gender, the fact that you’re 28 years old from an economist point of view means that you should be very picky. [MUSIC: Christopher Norman, “Word of Prey” (from EP3)] DUBNER: So Paul Oyer is telling PJ Vogt that PJ is in pretty good shape, dating wise.