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dc.contributor.authorMobius, Markus
dc.contributor.authorRosenblat, Tanya
dc.date.accessioned2009-06-08T14:12:26Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.citationMobius, Markus M. and Tanya S. Rosenblat. 2006. Why beauty matters. American Economic Review 96, no. 1: 222-235.en
dc.identifier.issn0002-8282en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3043406
dc.description.abstractWe decompose the beauty premium in an experimental labor market where “employers” determine wages of “workers” who perform a maze-solving task. This task requires a true skill which we show to be unaffected by physical attractiveness. We find a sizable beauty premium and can identify three transmission channels: (a) physically attractive workers are more confident and higher confidence increases wages; (b) for a given level of confidence, physically attractive workers are (wrongly) considered more able by employers; (c) controlling for worker confidence, physically attractive workers have oral skills (such as communication and social skills) that raise their wages when they interact with employers. Our methodology can be adopted to study the sources of discriminatory pay differentials in other settings.en
dc.description.sponsorshipEconomicsen
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherAmerican Economic Associationen
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://www.atypon-link.com/AEAP/doi/abs/10.1257/000282806776157515en
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://mobius.fas.harvard.edu/Beauty/main.pdfen
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjecteconomic experiments
dc.subjectlabor markets
dc.subjectbeauty premium
dc.subjectconfidence
dc.titleWhy Beauty Mattersen
dc.relation.journalAmerican Economic Reviewen
dash.depositing.authorMobius, Markus
dc.identifier.doi10.1257/000282806776157515*
dash.contributor.affiliatedRosenblat, Tanya
dash.contributor.affiliatedMobius, Markus


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