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Hot or Not: How Appearance Affects Earnings and Productivity in Academia

In this paper we examine the impact of a professor’s appearance, as rated by students, on his or her salary, controlling for research and teaching productivity. We also estimate the impacts of a professor’s appearance on the quality of his or her teaching, as evaluated by students, and the impact of appearance on research productivity, as measured by citations, publications, co-authorship, and grant funding. Our study is based on data describing economics professors at sixteen universities. Although a relatively small proportion of our sample is rated “hot” by students, hotness generates, for some, a significant earnings premium, even with comprehensive controls for productivity. We find a strong relationship between hotness and teaching productivity, but a much weaker relationship between hotness and research productivity.

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Paper provided by Carleton University, Department of Economics in its series Carleton Economic Papers with number 10-07.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 16 Sep 2010
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Publication status: Published: Carleton Economic Papers
Handle: RePEc:car:carecp:10-07
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