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Are men intimidated by highly educated women? Undercover on Tinder

Brecht Neyt (), Sarah Vandenbulcke and Stijn Baert ()

Economics of Education Review, 2019, vol. 73, issue C

Abstract: In this study, we examine the impact of an individual's education level on her/his mating success on the mobile dating app Tinder. To do so, we conducted a field experiment on Tinder in which we collected data on 3,600 profile evaluations. In line with previous research on mating preferences from multiple fields, our results indicate a heterogeneous effect of education level by gender: while women strongly prefer a highly educated potential partner, this hypothesis is rejected for men. In contrast with recent influential studies from the field of economics, we do not find any evidence that men would have an aversion to a highly educated potential partner. Additionally, in contrast with most previous research – again from multiple fields – we do not find any evidence for preferences for educational assortative mating, i.e. preferring a partner with a similar education level.

Keywords: Returns to education; Mating success; Assortative mating; Dating apps; Tinder (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 I26 J12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2019.101914

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