Mate dollars

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Mate dollars (Li et al., 2002) are a hypothetical currency utilized in self-report experiments investigating human mate preferences. Participants are given a fixed number of mate dollars to spend across a finite number of traits to “purchase” their ideal partner – sometimes called a budget-allocation task. The more mate dollars a participant spends on any given trait, the higher their ideal partner will be on that trait. But the more mate dollars that are spent on any given trait, the fewer mate dollars the participant has left to spend on other traits. The application of mate dollars to self-reported mating preferences, therefore, is designed to invoke trade-offs across multiple desired traits.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of sexual psychology and behavior
EditorsTodd K. Shackelford
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783031089565
ISBN (Print)9783031089565
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2022


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