Racial Preferences in Dating: Evidence from a Speed Dating Experiment
Stanford GSB Research Paper No. 1871
23 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2004
Date Written: October 2004
We examine racial preferences in dating using data that allow for the direct observation of decisions of randomly paired individuals in a Speed Dating experiment. Females exhibit stronger racial preferences than males. Furthermore, we observe stronger same race preferences for blacks and Asians than for Hispanics and whites. Accounting for self-reported shared interests considerably reduces the observed effect of racial preferences.
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