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Are Good-Looking People More Employable?

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  • Bradley J. Ruffle

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    (Department of Economics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

  • Ze’ev Shtudiner

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    (Department of Economics, Ariel University Center, Israel)

Abstract

Job applicants in Europe and in Israel increasingly imbed a headshot of them- selves in the top corner of their CVs. We sent 5312 CVs in pairs to 2656 advertised job open- ings. In each pair, one CV was without a picture while the second, otherwise almost identical CV contained a picture of either an attractive male/female or a plain-looking male/female. Employer callbacks to attractive men are significantly higher than to men with no picture and to plain-looking men, nearly doubling the latter group. Strikingly, attractive women do not enjoy the same beauty premium. In fact, women with no picture have a significantly higher rate of callbacks than attractive or plain-looking women. We explore a number of explanations and provide evidence that female jealousy of attractive women in the workplace is a primary reason for the punishment of attractive women.

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Paper provided by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1006.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:bgu:wpaper:1006

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  1. Fem Hiring Jealousy
    by Robin Hanson in Overcoming Bias on 2010-11-26 22:00:59
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  1. Francisco Galarza & Liuba Kogan & Gustavo Yamada, 2011. "¿Existe discriminación en el mercado laboral de Lima Metropolitana? Un análisis experimental," Working Papers 11-15, Departamento de Economía, Universidad del Pacífico, revised Dec 2011.
  2. López Bóo, Florencia & Rossi, Martín A. & Urzua, Sergio, 2012. "The Labor Market Return to an Attractive Face: Evidence from a Field Experiment," IZA Discussion Papers 6356, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Donja Darai & Silvia Grätz, 2012. "Attraction and cooperative behavior," ECON - Working Papers 082, Department of Economics - University of Zurich, revised Dec 2012.
  4. Galarza, Francisco B. & Yamada, Gustavo, 2014. "Labor Market Discrimination in Lima, Peru: Evidence from a Field Experiment," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 58(C), pages 83-94.
  5. Francisco Galarza & Gustavo Yamada, 2012. "Triple punishment in employment access: the role of beauty, race and sex," Working Papers 12-13, Departamento de Economía, Universidad del Pacífico, revised Dec 2012.
  6. Busetta, Giovanni & Fiorillo, Fabio & Visalli, Emanuela, 2013. "Searching for a job is a beauty contest," MPRA Paper 49392, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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