Productivity or Discrimination? Beauty and the Exams
AbstractDo good looks make people more productive? An impact of looks on earnings has been found in the empirical literature: plain people earn less than average-looking people who earn less than the good-looking. However, an important question remains unanswered: is the impact of beauty due to pure discrimination or productivity? We provide evidence against the hypothesis of Becker-type discrimination stemming from tastes and in favor of productivity-related discrimination.
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Date of creation: May 2005
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Physical appearance; discrimination; productivity.;
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- Giam Pietro Cipriani & Angelo Zago, 2011. "Productivity or Discrimination? Beauty and the Exams," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 73(3), pages 428-447, 06.
- J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
- I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
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