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Anýžová, Petra, P. Matějů

Beaty still matters: The role of attractiveness in labour market outcomes

Anýžová, Petra, P. Matějů. 2018. „Beaty still matters: The role of attractiveness in labour market outcomes.“ International Sociology 33 (3): 269-291. ISSN 1461-7242. [cit. 13. 3. 2018]. Dostupné z: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0268580918760431.

The main objective of the study is threefold: first, to examine the role of attractiveness in the Czech labour market; second, to assess gender differences in returns of attractiveness; and third, to show that the positive association between attractiveness and earnings does not disappear even when cognitive skills, social background, occupational status and individual characteristics are controlled for. The study uses data from the first large-scale sociological survey focusing on attractiveness carried out in the Czech Republic. The results provide strong evidence for the hypothesis that, in general, more attractive people have a better chance of higher socioeconomic occupational status as well as higher incomes than less attractive individuals even when controlling for cognitive skills, social background, occupational status and personality. However, the analysis also shows that the relationships are different for men and women. The study finds that the income premium for attractiveness is markedly higher among prime-aged women than men. The authors conclude that there have been profound changes in the last 30–40 years in the Western world and that the importance of physical attractiveness and erotic capital has been increasing, especially for women.

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Topics: 
economics
gender
wages and incomes
education