Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Male/Female University Ratios: A Lesson in Scarcity and Cournot Competition

So my friend sent me this hilarious article about the imbalance of men and women on modern college campuses, as well as the effect this has had on traditional dating dynamics....

North Carolina, with a student body that is nearly 60 percent female, is just one of many large universities that at times feel eerily like women’s colleges. Women have represented about 57 percent of enrollments at American colleges since at least 2000, according to a recent report by the American Council on Education. Researchers there cite several reasons: women tend to have higher grades; men tend to drop out in disproportionate numbers; and female enrollment skews higher among older students, low-income students, and black and Hispanic students.

then this part is comedy gold, but at least she's honest

Jayne Dallas, a senior studying advertising who was seated across the table, grumbled that the population of male undergraduates was even smaller when you looked at it as a dating pool. “Out of that 40 percent, there are maybe 20 percent that we would consider, and out of those 20, 10 have girlfriends, so all the girls are fighting over that other 10 percent,” she said.

Check out the full article in all it's hilariousness... 

Economics 101, the dynamics of supply/demand and what MBAs and Economists call Cournot Competition..... LOL
from Wikipedia: Cournot competition is an economic model used to describe an industry structure in which companies compete on the amount of output they will produce, which they decide on independently of each other and at the same time
 Just swap the word output into another familiar form... LOL

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