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) We got the first indication of a major shift back in 2001 with a study by University of Texas at Austin psychologist David Buss that showed that when men ranked traits that were important in a marital partner, there had been a striking rise in the importance they gave to women’s earnings and a sharp drop in the value they placed on domestic skills.

Similarly, University of Wisconsin demographer Christine Schwartz noted in a 2010 study in the that “men are increasingly looking for partners who will ‘pull their own weight’ economically in marriage” and are willing to compete for them.

The survey, which looked at 5,500 users, broke it down to about per date at about 20 dates per year. While some women say they think it's just fair to share date costs, others said paying removes any obligation for, ahem, physical reciprocation.

However, the survey didn't look into what sort of dates these couples went on.

Last year, Stanford University economist Ran Abramitzky, working with two European colleagues, published a fascinating study that suggests exactly this.

“I want them to at least not walk away immediately.” (MORE: Subject for Debate: Are Women People?

) But a growing body of research shows that while there may have once been a stigma to making money, high-earning women actually have an advantage in the dating-and-marriage market.

In February 2012, the Hamilton Project, a Brookings Institution initiative that tracks trends in earnings and life prospects, found that marriage rates have risen for top female earners — the share of women in the very top earning percentile who are married grew by more than 10 percentage points — even as they have declined for women in lower earning brackets.

(The report also suggested that the decline in those lower brackets may be because women can support themselves and are dissuaded from marriage by the declining earnings of men.) (MORE: Quiz: Who Has the Power in Your Household?

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