Experimental Economics: M-F Stereotypes Are True
Greg Mankiw has a link to this interesting Slate.com article "An Economist Goes to a Bar":
The article discusses how two economists and two psychologists conducted a two-year speed-dating experiment at a bar near the campus of Columbia University, and they found these results:
1. Men put significantly more weight on their assessment of a partner's beauty, when choosing, than women did.
2. Women got more dates when they won high marks for looks.
3. Intelligence ratings were more than twice as important in predicting women's choices as men's.
4. Men avoided women whom they perceived to be smarter than themselves. The same held true for measures of career ambition—a woman could be ambitious, just not more ambitious than the man considering her for a date.
5. When women were the ones choosing, the more intelligence and ambition the men had, the better.
Conclusion: Male-female stereotypes appear to be true.
a) Males are a gender of fragile egos in search of a pretty face and are threatened by brains or success that exceeds their own.
b) Women, on the other hand, care more about how men think and perform, and they don't mind being outdone on those scores.