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Are Good-Looking People More Employable?


Bradley J. Ruffle


Wilfrid Laurier University - School of Business & Economics; Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Department of Economics

Ze'ev Shtudiner


Ariel University Center - Department of Economics

February 5, 2014


Abstract:     
We investigate the role of physical attractiveness in the hiring process. We sent 5312 CVs in pairs to 2656 advertised job openings. In each pair, one CV was without a picture while the second, otherwise almost identical CV contained a picture of either an attractive male/female or a plain-looking male/female. Employer callbacks to attractive men are significantly higher than to men with no picture and to plain-looking men, nearly doubling the latter group. Strikingly, attractive women do not enjoy the same beauty premium. In fact, women with no picture have a significantly higher rate of callbacks than attractive or plain-looking women. We explore a number of explanations for this discrimination against attractive women and provide evidence that female jealousy and envy are likely reasons.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 35

Keywords: beauty, discrimination, job interview, jealousy, experimental economics

JEL Classification: C93, J71

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Date posted: November 9, 2010 ; Last revised: February 6, 2014

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Ruffle, Bradley J. and Shtudiner, Ze'ev, Are Good-Looking People More Employable? (February 5, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1705244 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1705244

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Bradley J. Ruffle (Contact Author)
Wilfrid Laurier University - School of Business & Economics ( email )
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5
Canada
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Department of Economics ( email )
Beer-Sheva 84105
Israel
972 8 6472308 (Phone)
972 8 6472941 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.bgu.ac.il/facultym/bradley
Zeev Shtudiner
Ariel University Center - Department of Economics ( email )
Ariel, 40300
Israel
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