Internet dating economics
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Our results show that, by sending a rose, a person can substantially increase the chance of the offer being accepted, and this positive effect is neither because the rose attracts attention from recipients nor because the rose is associated with unobserved quality.
Furthermore, we find evidence that roses increase the total number of dates, instead of crowding out offers without roses attached.
It's a rational economic view and does not incorporate the impact of behavioral economics - people are not always rational.
Nellie Bowles is a San Francisco Chronicle reporter.