"Understanding College Dropout in the US"
[w/ Douglas Harris and Christopher Taber]
"Marrying Up: Trading off Spousal Income and Height"
[w/ Pierre-André Chiappori, David Ong and Junsen Zhang]
Draft available upon request.
Couple’s heights tend to match. However, whether such matching is for the sake of height or the many desirable traits associated with stature (e.g., income) is unclear. We contribute novel experimental and empirical data to identify heterogeneity in preference for mate-height. We recorded clicks on profiles with randomly assigned height and income information on a major online dating website. These clicks reveal that taller men prefer taller women. By contrast, women not only prefer taller men but also higher income men, permitting the calculation of their willingness to pay (WTP) for mate height. Surprisingly, short women have the highest WTP for mate height. We confirm this heterogeneity in preference for mate height by applying the method of Chiappori et al. (2017) for multidimensional matching to data on married couples. Short early mothers drive these results. Our evidence is consistent with short women matching non-assortatively to increase the height of their children.