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Title:The labor market return to an attractive face: Evidence from a field experiment PDF Logo
Authors:López Bóo, Florencia
Rossi, Martín A.
Urzua, Sergio
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6356
Abstract:We provide new evidence on the link between beauty and hiring practices in the labor market. Specifically, we study if people with less attractive faces are less likely to be contacted after submitting a resume. Our empirical strategy is based on an experimental approach. We sent fictitious resumes with pictures of attractive and unattractive faces to real job openings in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We find that attractive people receive 36 percent more responses (callbacks) than unattractive people. Given the experimental design, this difference can be attributed to the exogenous manipulation of facial attractiveness of our fake job applicants.
Subjects:facial attractiveness
callback rates
labor market discrimination
JEL:J71
J78
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201205026363
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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