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The labor market return to an attractive face: Evidence from a field experiment

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  • López Bóo, Florencia
  • Rossi, Martín A.
  • Urzúa, Sergio S.

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We design a field experiment to study if people with less attractive faces are less likely to be contacted after submitting a resume. We find that attractive people receive 36% more responses (callbacks) than unattractive people.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 118 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 170-172

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:118:y:2013:i:1:p:170-172

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Keywords: Facial attractiveness; Callback rates; Labor market discrimination;

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  1. The Labor Market Return to an Attractive Face: Evidence from a Field Experiment
    by Maximo Rossi in Wikiprogress América Latina on 2012-03-05 17:41:00
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  1. Doorley, Karina & Sierminska, Eva, 2012. "Myth or Fact? The Beauty Premium across the Wage Distribution," IZA Discussion Papers 6674, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Busetta, Giovanni & Fiorillo, Fabio & Visalli, Emanuela, 2013. "Searching for a job is a beauty contest," MPRA Paper 49392, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Francisco Galarza & Gustavo Yamada, 2011. "Labor Market Discrimination in Lima, Peru: Evidence from a Field Experiment," Working Papers, Departamento de Economía, Universidad del Pacífico 14-01, Departamento de Economía, Universidad del Pacífico, revised Dec 2011.

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