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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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  • D J Berri
  • R Simmons
  • J Van Gilder
  • L O'Neill
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    Previous research has shown how more attractive people reap more rewards in a variety of settings. 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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    Paper provided by Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department in its series Working Papers with number 611506.

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    Date of creation: 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:lan:wpaper:611506

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    1. Mobius, Markus & Rosenblat, Tanya, 2010. "Why Beauty Matters," Staff General Research Papers 32112, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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    7. Rob Simmons & David Berri, 2008. "Race and the Evaluation of Signal Callers in the National Football League," IASE Conference Papers 0825, International Association of Sports Economists.
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