Last year, economics correspondent Paul Solman and producer Lee Koromvokis spoke with labor economist Paul Oyer, author of the book “Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Economics I Learned from Online Dating.” It turns out, the dating pool isn’t that different from any other market, and a number of economic principles can readily be applied to online dating. — Kristen Doerer, Making Sen$e Paul Oyer: So I found myself back in the dating market in the fall of 2010, and since I’d last been on the market, I’d become an economist, and online dating had arisen.And so I started online dating, and immediately, as an economist, I saw this was a market like so many others.Hergovich commented by email that as intriguing as he and his colleagues found their work to be, "none of us saw that [public attention] coming." He continued, "Working with a close friend is always fun, but the big media echo surprised me.
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With the help of researchers and data hounds across several continents, they concluded, "When a society benefits from previously absent ties, social integration occurs rapidly, even if the number of partners met online is small ... marriages over time, including rises from the projected increase surrounding the creation of Match.com, Ok Cupid, and Tinder.
consistent with the sharp increase in interracial marriages in the U. in the last two decades."2013 data from the National Academy of Sciences, they also discovered that marriages created online were less likely to break up within the first year, while such partners reported a higher degree of satisfaction, too. (Credit: Josué Ortega, Philipp Hergovich) Last month, the pair published their findings in an online article, entitled "The Strength of Absent Ties: Social Integration via Online Dating," through the electronic archive and distribution server ar Xiv.
And it was only when we went to this marketplace together, which in our case was JDate, that we finally got to know each other. And I suggested that I was newly single and ready to look for another relationship.
Well, from an economist’s perspective, I was ignoring what we call “statistical discrimination.” And so, people see that you’re separated, and they assume a lot more than just that.
In the weeks since, the work has been gaining attention around the world, and brought the theoretical researchers into the spotlight.