Human mating in the informal market for sperm donation: Preferences and decision making

Whyte, Stephen G. (2015) Human mating in the informal market for sperm donation: Preferences and decision making. Masters by Research by Publication, Queensland University of Technology.


Choosing a mate is one of the largest (economic) decisions humans make. This thesis investigates this large scale decision and how the process is changing with the advent of the internet and the growing market for online informal sperm donation. This research identifies individual factors that influence female mating preferences. It explores the roles of behavioural traits and physical appearance, preferences for homogamy and hypergamy, and personality, and how these impact the decision to choose a donor. Overall, this thesis makes contributions to both the literature on human behaviour, and that on decision-making in extreme and highly important situations.

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ID Code: 90658
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Publication)
Supervisor: Torgler, Benno, Dulleck, Uwe, & Savage, David
Keywords: human mating, preferences, matching, assortative, sperm donor, recipient
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 10 May 2016 06:09
Last Modified: 10 May 2016 06:09

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