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What does it mean to find the face of the franchise? Physical attractiveness and the evaluation of athletic performance

  • Berri, David J.
  • Simmons, Rob
  • Van Gilder, Jennifer
  • O'Neill, Lisle

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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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 111 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 200-202

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