Leveling the Playing Field

  title={Leveling the Playing Field},
  author={Lucy L. Hunt and Paul W. Eastwick and Eli J. Finkel},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={1046 - 1053}
Clear empirical demonstrations of the theoretical principles underlying assortative mating remain elusive. This article examines a moderator of assortative mating—how well couple members knew each other before dating—suggested by recent findings related to market-based (i.e., competition) theories. Specifically, competition is pervasive to the extent that people achieve consensus about who possesses desirable qualities (e.g., attractiveness) and who does not. Because consensus is stronger… 

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