Racial Preferences in Dating: Evidence from a Speed Dating Experiment

Stanford GSB Research Paper No. 1871

23 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2004

See all articles by Raymond J. Fisman

Raymond J. Fisman

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Boston University

Sheena S. Iyengar

Columbia Business School - Management Division

Emir Kamenica

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business - Economics

Itamar Simonson

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Date Written: October 2004

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Fisman, Raymond and Sethi-Iyengar, Sheena S. and Kamenica, Emir and Simonson, Itamar, Racial Preferences in Dating: Evidence from a Speed Dating Experiment (October 2004). Stanford GSB Research Paper No. 1871. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=610589 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.610589

Raymond Fisman

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Sheena S. Sethi-Iyengar

Columbia Business School - Management Division ( email )

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Emir Kamenica

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business - Economics ( email )

Graduate School of Business
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Itamar Simonson (Contact Author)

Stanford Graduate School of Business ( email )

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Stanford, CA 94305-5015
United States

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