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Success: Talent, Intelligence or Beauty?

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  • Olivier Gergaud
  • Victor Ginsburgh

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We analyze the Celebrity 100 annual list of the world's most “powerful celebrities” compiled and published by Forbes Magazine. The lists provide an interesting collection of people, that includes their earnings, and the perception of citizens concerning the attributes that made them become celebrities.We analyze the relationship between their earnings and the perceptions on their intelligence, talent, beauty and other attributes, and show that though beauty plays a role, intelligence and talent are more important.

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  • Olivier Gergaud & Victor Ginsburgh, 2010. "Success: Talent, Intelligence or Beauty?," Working Papers ECARES ECARES 2010-046, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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    1. When will I be famous?
      by fiveminuteeconomist in Five Minute Economist on 2011-01-03 00:18:20

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    Keywords

    Earnings; Economic success; Talent;

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    • C4 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics
    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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