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dc.contributor.authorArunachalam, Rajen_US
dc.contributor.authorShah, Manishaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-11-04en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-11T14:28:36Z-
dc.date.available2011-02-11T14:28:36Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/44160-
dc.description.abstractWe estimate the earnings premium for beauty in an occupation where returns to physical attractiveness are likely to be important: commercial sex work. In the commercial sex market, perhaps more so than any other sector in the labor market, the beauty premium should be at the extreme due to the intimate interpersonal relationships required with clients. Therefore, the commercial sex sector provides the cleanest test for whether the beauty premium is driven solely by productivity. Somewhat surprisingly we find estimates that lie close to or comfortably within those for non-sex workers around the world. In fact, the estimated premium for above average beauty is only slightly larger than that estimated for women elsewhere, and the penalty for below average looks lies comfortably within the range of existing findings. We show that the beauty premium in the commercial sex market stems both from productivity and discrimination. In addition, including controls for personal characteristics (communication ability and desirability of personality) cuts the beauty premium by up to one-half. Our findings suggest that beauty premiums might be overestimated if measures akin to those in our dataset are not included in beauty regressions.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5064en_US
dc.subject.jelJ01en_US
dc.subject.jelJ71en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordbeauty premiumen_US
dc.subject.keyworddiscriminationen_US
dc.subject.keywordsex marketsen_US
dc.subject.stwProstitutionen_US
dc.subject.stwFrauenen_US
dc.subject.stwSexualitäten_US
dc.subject.stwWahrnehmungen_US
dc.subject.stwDiskriminierungen_US
dc.subject.stwRenditeen_US
dc.subject.stwSchätzungen_US
dc.subject.stwMexikoen_US
dc.subject.stwEcuadoren_US
dc.titleThe prostitute's allure: Examining returns to beauty, productivity and discriminationen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn638499747en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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