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Mirror, mirror on the wall: The effect of time spent grooming on wages

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  • Jayoti Das

    (Department of Economics, Elon University)

  • Stephen B. DeLoach

    (Department of Economics, Elon University)

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It is well understood that personal grooming provides an important source of communication about individuals, their values and personalities. From an economic point of view, grooming is a non-market activity. The standard view is that time spent in non-market activities is counterproductive as it reduces work effort and job commitment. But grooming is different. There is reason to believe that certain productive personality traits may be inferred on the basis of personal grooming. Using data from the American Time Use survey, we investigate whether workers who spend more time grooming earn higher wages. The evidence shows that while higher levels of grooming time increases wages for men, there is no significant effect on women’s wages. We also find evidence that the returns to grooming are even larger for minority males.

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  • Jayoti Das & Stephen B. DeLoach, 2008. "Mirror, mirror on the wall: The effect of time spent grooming on wages," Working Papers 2008-01, Elon University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Men, start grooming!
      by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2008-01-17 14:08:00
    2. The American Time Use Survey and Economic Imperialism?
      by Dan Hirschman in A (Budding) Sociologist's Commonplace Book on 2008-03-01 03:13:00

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