We present empirical evidence in support of this hypothesis using data from the Health Survey for England (2004) and the Millenium Cohort Study (2000), which shows that the height preference rule is indeed a very good predictor of the probability of intermarrying with whites.Here are some of them: As you can see, all these hypotheses have rather negative connotations.That’s why I was very happy to find a recent study which suggested a totally different framework.
One of such patterns – when it comes to Asians, and especially Chinese – is related to the gender disparity in interracial marriages.
That is, the number of Chinese women marrying white men is 2 to 3 times higher than the reverse tendency (Chinese men marrying white women).
Different explanations have been offered for this phenomenon.
I refer to a paper “Anthropometry of Love” published two years ago by Michèle Belot and Jan Fidrmuc.
First, they explained why current theories fail to reflect the gender asymmetries observed in the interethnic marriages.
For example, the socio-economic reasoning falls short because: The data show that black men who intermarry tend to be less educated than those who intramarry and black women are generally more educated than black men yet it is the black men who are more likely to intermarry with whites.So, what alternative has been proposed by the aforementioned research? its hypothesis is so simple, that it really made me wonder why Belot and Fidrmuc were the first researchers to test it.They speculated and confirmed that the large part of gender asymmetries can be explained by the height distributions among different races and the On average, blacks are taller than Asians and are of similar height as whites.This rule implies that black males should fare better in the white marriage market than East and South Asian men while the opposite should hold for black and Asian women.nterracial dating and marriage is a natural phenomenon in the countries where people of different races live together.Of course, the proportion of interracial couples is smaller than in the imaginary experiment where partners are paired in a totally random way.