Beauty and the labour market

Daniel S. Hamermesh interviewed by Romesh Vaitilingam, 15 Aug 2008

Do good-looking people earn more, how much more and why? Is the effect the same for men and women? Does buying clothing and beauty treatments raise earnings power? Daniel Hamermesh of the University of Texas at Austin talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about his research programme on the impact of people's physical appearance on their pay and other life outcomes. The interview was recorded at the American Economic Association meetings in New Orleans in January 2008.


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Topics: Labour markets
Tags: beauty, earnings power, life outcomes

Sue Killam Professor in the Foundation of Economics, University of Texas at Austin; Professor of Economics, Royal Holloway University of London