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Beauty and the Labor Market - Study One Specific Occupation

8 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2004  

Adolfo Sachsida

Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA); Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA)

Adriana Cristina Dornelles

Catholic University of Brazil (UCB) - Department of Economics

Carlos Wagner Mesquita

Catholic University of Brazil (UCB) - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 2003

Abstract

This paper tries to verify the impact of physical appearance on the salespeople's wage of Brasilia's shopping malls. The fact that we studied a specific occupation can be understood as a progression in this field of literature. The results showed the abscense of wage discrimination related to physical appearance arisen from customer's behavior. Furthermore, the results suggest that women with good appearance receive a reward of approximately 9% in their earnings. However, this reward is related to productivity and not with discrimination. In this way, this seems to be an indication that beauty is linked to productivity in the salespeople labor market.

Keywords: Discrimination against physical appearance, beauty, labor market , wage discrimination

JEL Classification: J7, J82

Suggested Citation

Sachsida, Adolfo and Dornelles, Adriana Cristina and Mesquita, Carlos Wagner, Beauty and the Labor Market - Study One Specific Occupation (November 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=505742 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.505742

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Adriana Cristina Dornelles

Catholic University of Brazil (UCB) - Department of Economics ( email )

70790-160 Brasilia-DF
Brazil

Carlos Wagner Mesquita

Catholic University of Brazil (UCB) - Department of Economics ( email )

70790-160 Brasilia-DF
Brazil

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