Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/200632
Authors: 
Deng, Weiguang
Li, Dayang
Zhou, Dong
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 369
Abstract: 
This study uses a field experiment to resolve the difficulties of quantifying personal appearance and identify a direct causal relationship between appearance and employment in China. The experiment reveals that taste-based pure appearance discrimination exists at the pre-interview stage. There are significant gender-specific heterogeneous effects of education on appearance discrimination: having better educational credentials reduces appearance discrimination among men but not among women. Moreover, attributes of the labor market, companies, and vacancies matter. Beauty premiums are larger in big cities with higher concentrations of women and in male-focused research positions. Similarly, the beauty premium is larger for vacancies with higher remuneration.
Subjects: 
appearance discrimination
beauty premium
pre-interview stage
field experiment
JEL: 
C93
I21
J71
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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