No one likes to think of the dating pool as a marketplace because it implies that the dating game is about weighing up the “value” of prospective partners until you find someone who is your equal (or better). Economist Alvin Roth describes markets like dating as “matching markets.” The difference is simple: in a regular market, I don’t care who you are, as long as you pay me what I ask in return for whatever I’m offering.
The desire to make the “transaction” - to date, to let someone join a club, to hire someone - has to be mutual.
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We're going bankrupt in an oversaturated market.
“It all depends on what you are bringing to the table.
Some of those qualities might be age or attractiveness - and some are financial.” Indeed, just go on popular dating sites such as Match.com, and one of the criteria for winnowing down potential matches is annual income.