Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful

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Princeton University Press, 21 apr 2013 - 232 pagine

Most of us know there is a payoff to looking good, and in the quest for beauty we spend countless hours and billions of dollars on personal grooming, cosmetics, and plastic surgery. But how much better off are the better looking? Based on the evidence, quite a lot. The first book to seriously measure the advantages of beauty, Beauty Pays demonstrates how society favors the beautiful and how better-looking people experience startling but undeniable benefits in all aspects of life. Noted economist Daniel Hamermesh shows that the attractive are more likely to be employed, work more productively and profitably, receive more substantial pay, obtain loan approvals, negotiate loans with better terms, and have more handsome and highly educated spouses. Hamermesh explains why this happens and what it means for the beautiful--and the not-so-beautiful--among us.


Exploring whether a universal standard of beauty exists, Hamermesh illustrates how attractive workers make more money, how these amounts differ by gender, and how looks are valued differently based on profession. He considers whether extra pay for good-looking people represents discrimination, and, if so, who is discriminating. Hamermesh investigates the commodification of beauty in dating and how this influences the search for intelligent or high-earning mates, and even examines whether government programs should aid the ugly. He also discusses whether the economic benefits of beauty will persist into the foreseeable future and what the "looks-challenged" can do to overcome their disadvantage.


Reflecting on a sensitive issue that touches everyone, Beauty Pays proves that beauty's rewards are anything but superficial.

 

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An extensive, dizzying compilation of economic data explaining "why attractive people are more successful."A 40-year veteran in the field of economics, Hamermesh (Economics/Univ. of Texas; Economics ... Leggi recensione completa

Indice

The Economics of Beauty
3
In the Eye of the Beholder
11
Beauty and the Worker
39
Beauty in Specific Occupations
66
Beauty and the Employer
86
Lookism or Productive Beauty
102
Beauty in Markets for Friends
125
Prospects for the LooksChallenged
173
Notes
181
Index
203
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Daniel S. Hamermesh is the Sue Killam Professor in the Foundations of Economics at the University of Texas, Austin, and professor of economics at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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