Better Sexy than Flexy? A Lab Experiment Assessing the Impact of Perceived Attractiveness and Personality Traits on Hiring Decisions

12 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2014

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Stijn Baert

Ghent University; University of Antwerp; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Lynn Decuypere

Ghent University

Abstract

In this letter we present a laboratory experiment to assess the relative and independent effect of perceived attractiveness and personality traits on hiring decisions. Our results indicate that attractiveness and conscientiousness, followed by emotional stability, are important drivers of recruiters' decisions.

Keywords: lab experiments, hiring discrimination, economics of beauty, economics of personality

JEL Classification: C91, J24, J71

Suggested Citation

Baert, Stijn and Decuypere, Lynn, Better Sexy than Flexy? A Lab Experiment Assessing the Impact of Perceived Attractiveness and Personality Traits on Hiring Decisions. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7847. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2374628

Stijn Baert (Contact Author)

Ghent University ( email )

University of Antwerp ( email )

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Antwerp, Antwerp 2000
Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.uantwerpen.be/nl/personeel/stijn-baert/

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) ( email )

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Louvain-la-Neuve, 1348
Belgium

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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Lynn Decuypere

Ghent University

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