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Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful

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The EconLit abstract of the reviewed work begins: Explores the importance of the phenomenon of beauty in economic behavior and considers the mechanisms by which it affects outcomes. Discusses the economics of beauty; in the eye of the beholder; beauty and the worker; beauty in specific occupations; beauty and the employer; lookism or productive beauty; beauty in markets for friends, family, and funds; legal protection for the ugly; and prospects for the looks-challenged. Hamermesh is Sue Killam Professor in the Foundations of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin and Professor of Labor Economics at Maastricht University. Index.

Document Type: Book Review

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/jel.50.2.513.r5

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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