VoxEU Talk

Beauty and the labour market

Do good-looking people earn more, how much more and why? Is the effect the same for men and women? Does buying clothing and beauty treatments raise earnings power? Daniel Hamermesh of the University of Texas at Austin talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about his research programme on the impact of people's physical appearance on their pay and other life outcomes. The interview was recorded at the American Economic Association meetings in New Orleans in January 2008.