We thank N. Tommasi for excellent research assistance. We received helpful comments from O. Ashenfelter, E. Cannon, D. S. Hamermesh, D. Lubian, M. Menon and F. Perali. We are also indebted to the anonymous referees of this journal for very valuable comments.
Productivity or Discrimination? Beauty and the Exams*
Article first published online: 16 FEB 2011
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford, 2011
Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics
Volume 73, Issue 3, pages 428–447, June 2011
How to Cite
Cipriani, G. P. and Zago, A. (2011), Productivity or Discrimination? Beauty and the Exams. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 73: 428–447. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0084.2010.00619.x
- Issue published online: 4 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 16 FEB 2011
- Final Manuscript Received: July 2010
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 in turn earn less than good-looking people. 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 favour of productivity-related discrimination.