Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


Faculty of Business and Law

School of Economics and Finance

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Ben Chan
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law
Professor Benno Torgler
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law
Dr Stephen Whyte
Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law


Economic access and dependency impact men and women in different ways. These impacts can be more or less pronounced at different life stages, and different for both sexes.

The internet is now the number one way people find their partners, and theoretically provides participants quasi-infinite choice and unconstrained access to all potential suitors. But for many, searching for a mate, and finding that one true love is in many ways still constrained by pure economic constraints.

Utilising a novel data set from a QUT 2018 online dating survey participant pool (n=400+), coupled with ABS & HILDA data, our study proposes to explore gender differences in perceptions of labour market and dating pool/marriage market access.

Research activities

Research activities during this project may include:

  • a literature review

  • quantitative research
  • participating in writing a scholarly paper.

This project is expected to run for 10 weeks.

Skills and experience

This project would suit an application from a current motivated undergraduate student that was interested in behavioural economics research exploring human behaviour in large scale decisions relating to gender, sex and sexuality. The current VRES research proposal and data could easily be extrapolated into an Honours or Master’s thesis should the student wish to continue on into a HDR course in the future.


Contact the Graduate Research Centre at for more information on the Vacation Research Experience Scheme.