Internet dating economics
Despite the positive effect of sending roses, a substantial fraction of participants do not fully utilize their endowment of roses and even those who exhaust their endowment on average do not properly use their roses to maximize their dating success.
We thank Woongjin Lee, Hye-Rim Kim and Woo-Keum Kim from the Korea Marriage Culture Institute for help running the experiment and Benjamin Malin and Alvin Roth for detailed comments.
Muriel Niederle gratefully acknowledges support from the NSF.
Traditional heterosexual dating apps have a fatal flaw: women get flooded with low-quality messages – at best vapid, at worst boorish – to the point where checking the inbox becomes an unappealing chore.
Too much unwanted attention turns female users off online dating.
In their efforts, things to both apps employ strategies that a game theorist would approve of. So loneliness in the partner market is basically similar to unemployment in the job market.
But you will not spend unlimited time doing it because you also have to do all those other things.This manuscript has been greatly improved thanks to the editor and two anonymous referees.We have benefitted from discussions with Ran Abramitzky, Peter Coles, Ray Fisman, Sriniketh Nagavarapu, Ragan Petrie, Aloysious Siow, Lise Vesterlund, Leeat Yariv, and seminar participants at various institutions.Partly as a result, men see most of their messages ignored.Nobody is happy, but nobody can do anything about it. But a new generation of dating apps impose limitations on daters that might liberate them.
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