Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Effect of Time Spent Grooming on Earnings
Elon University - Martha and Spencer Love School of Business
Stephen B. DeLoach
June 8, 2009
To most economists, personal grooming is a non-market activity. The standard view is that time spent in non-market activities is counterproductive as it reduces work effort and job commitment. But grooming may be different. Grooming provides an important source of communication about workers, their values and personalities. There is reason to believe that certain productive personality traits may be inferred on the basis of personal grooming. In this paper, we use data from the American Time Use survey’s pooled cross-section 2003-2007 to investigate the effect of additional time spent grooming on earnings. The results show that the effect of grooming on earnings differs significantly by gender and race.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: beauty, wages, grooming, ATUS
JEL Classification: J3, J7
Date posted: September 18, 2007 ; Last revised: June 12, 2009
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