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Beauty, Body Size and Wages: Evidence from a Unique Data Set

Oreffice, S and Quintana-Domeque, C (2016) Beauty, Body Size and Wages: Evidence from a Unique Data Set Economics and Human Biology.

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Abstract

We analyze how attractiveness rated at the start of the interview in the Ger- man General Social Survey is related to weight, height, and body mass index (BMI), separately by gender and accounting for interviewers' characteristics or fixed effects. We show that height, weight, and BMI all strongly contribute to male and female attractiveness when attractiveness is rated by opposite-sex interviewers, and that anthropometric characteristics are irrelevant to male interviewers when assessing male attractiveness. We also estimate whether, controlling for beauty, body size measures are related to hourly wages. We find that anthropometric attributes play a significant role in wage regressions in addition to attractiveness, showing that body size cannot be dismissed as a simple component of beauty. Our findings are robust to controlling for health status and accounting for selection into working.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Economics
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Oreffice, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Quintana-Domeque, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 30 June 2016
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Additional Information : © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Mar 2016 09:37
Last Modified : 02 Mar 2016 09:37
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809989

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