Job Prestige and Mobile Dating Success: A Field Experiment

28 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2019

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Brecht Neyt

Ghent University

Stijn Baert

Ghent University; University of Antwerp; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Jana Vynckier

Ghent University

Abstract

Research exploiting data on classic (offline) couple formation has confirmed predictions from evolutionary psychology in a sense that males attach more value to attractiveness and women attach more value to earnings potential. We examine whether these human partner preferences survive in a context of fewer search and social frictions. We do this by means of a field experiment on the mobile dating app Tinder, which takes a central place in contemporary couple formation. Thirty-two fictitious Tinder profiles that randomly differ in job status and job prestige are evaluated by 4,800 other, real users. We find that both males and females do not use job status or job prestige as a determinant of whom to show initial interest in on Tinder. However, we do see evidence that, after this initial phase, males less frequently begin a conversation with females when those females are unemployed but also then do not care about the particular job prestige of employed females.

Keywords: job prestige, partner preferences, dating apps, online dating, Tinder

JEL Classification: J12, J16, J13, C93

Suggested Citation

Neyt, Brecht and Baert, Stijn and Vynckier, Jana, Job Prestige and Mobile Dating Success: A Field Experiment. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12746. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3488173

Brecht Neyt (Contact Author)

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Stijn Baert

Ghent University ( email )

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Jana Vynckier

Ghent University

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

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