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What does it mean to find the face of the franchise? Physical attractiveness and the evaluation of athletic performance

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  • Berri, David J.
  • Simmons, Rob
  • Van Gilder, Jennifer
  • O'Neill, Lisle

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We show that attractiveness, as measured by facial symmetry, leads to greater rewards in professional sports. National Football League quarterbacks who are more attractive are paid greater salaries and this premium persists after controlling for player performance.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 111 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 200-202

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:111:y:2011:i:3:p:200-202

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Keywords: Facial symmetry Salaries NFL quarterbacks;

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  1. Seung Chan Ahn & Young Hoon Lee, 2014. "Beauty And Productivity: The Case Of The Ladies Professional Golf Association," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 32(1), pages 155-168, 01.
  2. Yamamura, Eiji & Sbatini, Fabio, 2014. "Superstars in politics: the role of the media in the koizumi regime," MPRA Paper 56093, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Deryugina, Tatyana & Shurchkov, Olga, 2013. "Does Beauty Matter in Undergraduate Education?," MPRA Paper 53582, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Chang, Hung-Hao & Weng, Yungho, 2012. "What is more important for prostitute price? Physical appearance or risky sex behavior?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 117(2), pages 480-483.
  5. Yamamura, Eiji & Sabatini, Fabio, 2014. "Superstars in politics: the role of the media in the rise and success of Junichiro Koizumi," EconStor Preprints 98661, ZBW - German National Library of Economics.
  6. Kniffin, Kevin M. & Mihalek, Vince, 2014. "Within-series momentum in hockey: No returns for running up the score," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 122(3), pages 400-402.
  7. Deryugina, Tatyana, 2013. "When Are Appearances Deceiving? The Nature of the Beauty Premium," MPRA Paper 53581, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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