Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/171178
Authors: 
Poutvaara, Panu
Year of Publication: 
2017
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA World of Labor [ISSN:] 2054-9571 [Year:] 2017 [Issue:] 370
Abstract: 
Good-looking political candidates win more votes around the world. This holds for both male and female candidates. Candidate appearance may be especially important for uninformed voters, as it is easy to observe. Voters may favor good-looking candidates because they expect them to be more competent or persuasive, but it can also be that voters simply enjoy laying their eyes on beautiful politicians. As politicians on the right have been deemed more attractive in Europe, the US, and Australia, the importance of beauty in politics favors conservative parties. A related finding is that voters use beauty as a cue for conservatism.
Subjects: 
beauty
elections
political candidates
inequality
JEL: 
D72
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Article

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