First, this is a sample of Columbia University graduate students! But note that they didn’t really extend their findings much with speculation.
Do note that South Asians were discarded from the Asian category so that Asian within this study refers only to East Asians.
The researchers collected a fair amount of data prior to sending them through the Speed Dating experiment.
The richness of our data further allows us to identify many determinants of same-race preferences.
Subjects’ backgrounds, including the racial composition of the ZIP code where a subject grew up and the prevailing racial attitudes in a subject’s state or country of origin, strongly influence same-race preferences.
They found in preliminary analysis that though females are much more strongly biased, males exhibit the same pattern of determinants.
Since you can read the whole working paper I’ll restate in plain language what they find re: determinants. Here are variables which predict same race preference: High proportion wish ban on interracial marriage in a region Areas where people would not want to be neighbors with another race Areas where there are large populations of other races Here are variables which predict less same race preference: Older Attractiveness, 1 standard deviation increase in attractiveness results in a 4 point decrease in same-race preference Variables which had no effect: Shared interests Cultural variables (books read, etc.) Income There are some comments on the robustness of their findings (N for blacks isn’t very large, etc.), but generally little else in the conclusion.Finally, I’m totally confused as to why hotties would be less race conscious; you would figure if hybrid vigor is real that the marginal returns would be greatest for the fuglies (specifically, assuming that fugitude correlates with individual mutational load and hybridization would be better at masking that load).But the most relevant demographic point is that these are Columbia University graduate students.Some general observations: 1) Black women at Columbia are really open to dating black men. To make this concrete, black women were three times as likely to say yes to a black man as they were to an Asian man (though white women were the most repulsed by Asian men clearly). For all races except Asians, all the coefficients on the race indicator variables are negative, implying a same-race preference.For black and white subjects, these coefficients are jointly significant (p-value First, Asian guys are screwed, obviously.In other words, are Asian guys just ugly, explaining their rejections? The authors find that some of the rejection rate for Asians in general seem to be explainable as a function of the judgment that they’re just not as attractive.