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The labor market return to an attractive face: Evidence from a field experiment

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  • López Bóo, Florencia
  • Rossi, Martín A.
  • Urzúa, Sergio S.

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We design a field experiment to study if people with less attractive faces are less likely to be contacted after submitting a resume. We find that attractive people receive 36% more responses (callbacks) than unattractive people.

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  • López Bóo, Florencia & Rossi, Martín A. & Urzúa, Sergio S., 2013. "The labor market return to an attractive face: Evidence from a field experiment," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 118(1), pages 170-172.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:118:y:2013:i:1:p:170-172
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.10.016
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    Keywords

    Facial attractiveness; Callback rates; Labor market discrimination;
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    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing

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