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Effects of Beauty, Personality, and Grooming on High School GPA


  • Phillip K. Robins

    () (Department of Economics, University of Miami)

  • Michael T. French

    () (Department of Sociology, University of Miami)

  • Jenny F. Homer

    () (Health Economics Research Group, Sociology Research Center, University of Miami)

  • Lauren M. Tapsell

    () (Health Economics Research Group, Sociology Research Center, University of Miami)


We investigate the effect of speaking Spanish at home as a child on completed schooling and aptitude test scores using data on Hispanics who grew up in the U.S. from the NLSY79. We model the accumulation of traditional human capital and English fluency, leading to the joint determination of schooling and test scores. We find that speaking Spanish at home reduces test scores but has no signi cant e ect on completed schooling. The reduction in test scores is more dramatic the higher the education of the parents and when the choice of home language is endogenous.

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  • Phillip K. Robins & Michael T. French & Jenny F. Homer & Lauren M. Tapsell, 2007. "Effects of Beauty, Personality, and Grooming on High School GPA," Working Papers 0712, University of Miami, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:mia:wpaper:0712

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    Physical Appearance; Beauty Premium; Adolescents; High School Grades;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing


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