Physical Attractiveness, Employment and Earnings

Title: Physical Attractiveness, Employment and Earnings
Authors: Zhong, Xiaheyue
Date: 2013-09-19
Abstract: This study attempts to replicate the work of Pfeifer (2012) using a different sample from the German survey ALLBUS 2008, in order to examine the relationships between physical attractiveness, employment and earnings. It finds that some of the conclusions of the previous study hold: (1) In the employment status model, the estimates of two specifications are almost identical, while the marginal effect of physical attractiveness rated by interviewers at the end of the interview is greater than that at the start. (2) In the linear earnings models, physical attractiveness rated by interviewers at the end can explain the variance of earnings better than physical attractiveness rated by the interviewers at the start of the interview, and the estimated coefficients of attractiveness are larger for men than for women. (3) In the non-linear models, it is confirmed that the wage punishment for below-average attractiveness is more serious than the wage premium for above-average attractiveness. Additionally, there are two notable innovations in the approach of this paper. One innovation is the calculation of marginal effects at representative values of attractiveness, and the other is the calculation of the turning points of physical attractiveness for the OLS regression models.
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