The economics of dating

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As a special treat for a Valentine’s Day, we gathered a small collection of articles and blog posts about how economists approach love and how dating can be explained using a more scientific approach.Before looking at them into detail though, you might want to have a look at the paper by Matthew E.For instance, he takes pains to insist that statistical discrimination isn’t based on animus, as if this somehow makes racial profiling or gender pay gaps more acceptable.It’s weirdest when he’s discussing the effect of physical attractiveness on wages: he blithely insists that being overweight doesn’t really have an impact once you “control for attractiveness,” as if weight somehow weren’t a factor in attractiveness.Others take a more scientific approach, but still agree on one thing: if you are dealing with a dilemma as to whether you should go for an economist or not, you should be prepared that an economist will be very unlikely to resist a temptation to apply professionally learned principles to their love life, too.Surprisingly for some, many of their assumptions might turn out true.

Let’s start with How Economics Can Get You a Date – an exploratory video by Tim Harford2.

The amount of material on this topic found by searching Google and the number of jokes made clearly indicate that it is indeed a hot topic, even more so on a Valentine’s Day.

Some articles, like 21 Reasons Why You Should Never Date an Economist by INSEAD, give quite an explicit answer.

Flores, an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Dating and Job-Hunting, and what happens when academics get into online dating in Geek Love: Dating While Academic and Other Misadventures.

This week, Kaley and Sarah tackle the economic realities of dating. How do we avoid making dating a privileged person's game? Also, if you want a chance to win a gift card to Yogen Fruz, please tweet #healthybrain at @ydypod.

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