Do women care more about race than the income of a spouse?
Most surveys claim that women discriminate based on race more than men do when it comes to choosing their mates. They have been found to have a stronger same-race preference than men. In online dating for instance, most women who state they don’t care about the race of potential mates, tend to contact men from their own race just as much as those that were upfront about their same-race preference.
The income of a spouse is also important to most women. So clearly, race and income are both important for women. So how much should a man be worth for a woman to ignore the race factor when choosing a mate?
After using data from an online dating site using first email contact between site users as an indication of preference, some research used two men who have identical observable characteristics. One is of the same race as the woman; earns $60000 a year and the other is of a different race; earns $X a year. The experiment was done to determine what X had to be to make the woman prefer dating a man from a different race.
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Below are the results of the experiment:
“An African-American man would have to earn $154,000 more than a white man in order for a white woman to prefer him. A Hispanic man would need to earn $77,000 more than a white man, and Asian man would need, remarkably, an additional $247,000 in additional annual income.”
The conclusion; based on the above results is that women value race over income in a spouse and if they valued income more, then just a small amount of additional income would have enticed the woman to date interracially.
The researchers said, to gauge how much men value racial preference, a different measure – say physical beauty – would have to be used in the place of income (since men don’t care about income).
Looking at the results above, the experiment was done on white women. Do the results of this experiment apply to women of other races? Can we confidently make the generalization that women discriminate more on racial grounds than income?
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