Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/104642
Authors: 
Liu, Xing (Michelle)
Sierminska, Eva
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8526
Abstract: 
An important underlying determinant of wage discrimination, as well as the gender wage gap is the way the labor market rewards individual physical attractiveness. This article surveys the extensive empirical literature of the effect of physical attractiveness on labor market outcomes. Particular attention is given to the channels through which attractiveness may affect individual labor market outcomes and the way attractiveness affects gender wage differentials. Further research is needed on the effect of attractiveness within occupations in order to provide more evidence on its productivity-enhancing channel of transmission and the effect this has on the gender wage gap.
Subjects: 
beauty premium
cross-country
discrimination
gender differentials
human capital model
occupational sorting
physical attractiveness
productivity
stereotypes
wages
wage discrimination
JEL: 
J71
J31
J2
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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