Now, however, social scientists have examined them exhaustively and empirically. These are truisms known to anyone who has watched 10 minutes of a teen movie or spent 10 minutes in a high school cafeteria.But in examining the Add Health data, he and his colleagues found one classic economic tenet driving the byzantine high-school dating market: Scarcity determines value.Among freshman boys, what's rare, and therefore valuable, are freshman girls willing to have a relationship and, even better, willing to have sex.
The married man had an alleged affair with a teen victim in Denver that included sexual intercourse from September 2014 through August 2015. On her 18th birthday he gave her a card that said 'we're legal', according to the affidavit.(For instance, James Fowler of UC-San Diego recently used data from Add Health be a genetic foundation for an individual's political beliefs.) For their paper, Arcidiacono, Mc Elroy, and Beauchamp focused on the dating and sex lives of high schoolers—a subject much-analyzed by magazine editors and romantic-comedy screenwriters, but less familiar to social scientists.What the researchers looked for is called, in academic-speak, "matching": the likelihood and factors that lead to any individual partnering up.Every two years the church had been conducting background checks but in light of the allegations, they plan to conduct them a lot more frequently.In the Darwinian world of high-school dating, freshman girls and senior boys have the highest chances of successfully partnering up. And they have found that for the most part, they're accurate.