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Looks unimportant? A demand function for male attractiveness by female personal advertisers

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  • Samuel Cameron
  • Alan Collins

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Data from 119 placements of 'personal' advertisments in a national English newspaper were analysed, using logit estimation, to estimate a demand equation for male looks. The results indicate that the women's declaration of wealth offered and divorced status had positive effects on the demand for male looks. The age of the woman had a negative effect on the demand for male looks.

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  • Samuel Cameron & Alan Collins, 1999. "Looks unimportant? A demand function for male attractiveness by female personal advertisers," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 6(6), pages 381-384.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:6:y:1999:i:6:p:381-384 DOI: 10.1080/135048599353131
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