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Productivity or Discrimination? Beauty and the Exams

  • Giam Pietro Cipriani

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    (Dipartimento di Scienze economiche (Università di Verona))

  • Angelo Zago

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    (Dipartimento di Scienze economiche (Università di Verona))

Do good looks make people more productive? An impact of looks on earnings has been found in the empirical literature: plain people earn less than average-looking people who earn less than the good-looking. However, an important question remains unanswered: is the impact of beauty due to pure discrimination or productivity? We provide evidence against the hypothesis of Becker-type discrimination stemming from tastes and in favor of productivity-related discrimination.

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Paper provided by University of Verona, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 18.

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Date of creation: May 2005
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