My good friend Andy sent me a new article in our continuing series on Gold Diggers and Economics. A recent paper using data from an online data service, using observation from San Diego and Boston suggests that men who make more money get more responses from sexier women as rated by the website. One of the basic conclusions is that an average looking guy would have to make $200,000 a year to date a woman in the top decile of “hotness” (in the parlance of our times a “10” on a 1-10 scale). While a guy who is also a “10” in hotness could make $62,000 a year and be just as likely to marry a hot woman. Also they find that once you hit above $50,000 a year more income yields a more likely response from a “hot” woman (income under 50k) does not matter.
Of course income is self reported, and 1/3 of the people do not report income. Perhaps this does not apply for people who do not use on-line dating. I do know my friend Andy is a Doctor, but unfortunately last I checked he had a girlfriend in a high declie of hotness.