Since older subjects (who are more likely to attend the Speed Dating sessions in hope of starting a serious relationship) have a weaker same-race preference, this gender difference is unlikely to result from differential dating goals between men and women.

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First, we consider the effect of the prevailing attitudes towards interracial marriage in subjects' state or country of origin, based on responses to questions in the General Social Survey (GSS) (for the subjects from the U. We also consider the effect of early exposure to other races.

We find marginally significant evidence that those subjects that grew up in a ZIP code with a larger fraction of inhabitants of a particular race are willing to date someone from this racial group.

We study the effect of race on mate selection by analysing the choices of subjects in an experimental Speed Dating service involving students from Columbia University graduate and professional schools. Further, during the event, subjects rate their partners on a number of characteristics, which helps us investigate the factors that underlie same-race preferences.

Finally, we emphasize that our experiment takes place in a realistic dating environment: we attempted to create a setting as similar as possible to that provided by the private firms operating in the Speed Dating industry. First, we observe a strong asymmetry across genders in racial preferences: women of all races exhibit strong same-race preferences, while men of no race exhibit a statistically significant same-race preference.

Is it different interests, a different sense of aesthetics, or some other factor?

Does growing up in a neighbourhood populated with a particular race increase or decrease one's romantic interest in members of that race?

In order to get inside the black box of marital segregation, we need to observe decisions, not just final matches.

Finally, we wish to know what drives racial preferences.

Women put greater weight on the intelligence and the race of partner, while men respond more to physical attractiveness.

Moreover, men do not value women's intelligence or ambition when it exceeds their own.

We are grateful to Lawrence Katz, Edward Glaeser, and three anonymous referees for valuable suggestions.