Success: Intelligence, Talent or Beauty?

8 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2010

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Victor A. Ginsburgh

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE); Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES)

Olivier Gergaud

Kedge - Bordeaux Business School

Date Written: September 10, 2010

Abstract

We analyze the Celebrity 100 annual list of the world's most "powerful celebrities" compiled and published by Forbes Magazine. The lists provide an interesting collection of people, that includes their earnings, and the perception of citizens concerning the attributes that made them become celebrities. We analyze the relationship between their earnings and the perceptions on their intelligence, talent, beauty and other attributes, and show that though beauty plays a role, intelligence and talent are more important.

Keywords: Earnings, Economic success, Talent

JEL Classification: C4, J3, Z1

Suggested Citation

Ginsburgh, Victor A. and Gergaud, Olivier, Success: Intelligence, Talent or Beauty? (September 10, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1674861 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1674861

Victor A. Ginsburgh

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Olivier Gergaud (Contact Author)

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