Also, Beth, don't let anyone tell you you were prom queen because your dad owns Harris Teeter. The study says that "relative family income status plays only a minor role" in popularity.
The kids in the paper are part of a 50-year-old survey called the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, which first started tracking ties between white male high school students in 1957. Researchers have checked back in on the cohort seven times since then, noting the participants' incomes, family formation, labor market history, educational attainment and more. So I suppose you could argue that the deck may be stacked differently for people who attended high school after the late '50s, or are nonwhite, or are female.
But, like, that totally doesn't explain the Benz in my driveway right now. Anyways, I gotta run to Pilates.