VoxEU Talk

Attracting a spouse: The trade-off between earnings and physical appearance

How much more do you have to earn to compensate for a higher bodyweight and still find a desirable marriage partner? Sonia Oreffice of the University of Alicante talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about her research on physical and socio-economic characteristics, marriage markets and the potential impact on family outcomes. The interview was recorded at the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference at Royal Holloway, University of London, in April 2011