Hot or Not: How Appearance Affects Earnings and Productivity in Academia
AbstractIn this paper we examine the impact of a professor’s appearance, as rated by students, on his or her salary, controlling for research and teaching productivity. We also estimate the impacts of a professor’s appearance on the quality of his or her teaching, as evaluated by students, and the impact of appearance on research productivity, as measured by citations, publications, co-authorship, and grant funding. Our study is based on data describing economics professors at sixteen universities. Although a relatively small proportion of our sample is rated “hot” by students, hotness generates, for some, a significant earnings premium, even with comprehensive controls for productivity. We find a strong relationship between hotness and teaching productivity, but a much weaker relationship between hotness and research productivity.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Carleton University, Department of Economics in its series Carleton Economic Papers with number 10-07.
Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 16 Sep 2010
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- NEP-ALL-2011-01-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2011-01-23 (Education)
- NEP-EFF-2011-01-23 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-SOG-2011-01-23 (Sociology of Economics)
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by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2011-02-25 15:05:00
- The Effect of Hotness on Pay and Productivity In Academia
by Ariel Goldring in Free Market Mojo on 2011-01-28 14:00:51
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