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Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful

2.92 of 5 stars 2.92  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Most of us know there is a payoff to looking good, and in the quest for beauty we spend countless hours and billions of dollars on personal grooming, cosmetics, and plastic surgery. But how much better off are the better looking? Based on the evidence, quite a lot. The first book to seriously measure the advantages of beauty, "Beauty Pays" demonstrates how society favors t ...more
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Published August 2nd 2011 by Princeton University Press (first published 2011)
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Stephen Cranney
Good review of the scientific literature on the subject.
Monika Bogdanowicz
I initially thought the idea of investigating beauty from the economic point of view was an innovative and brilliant one. And whilst the concept behind this book truly is great, the execution is sadly unsatisfactory. The book is written in a very dry and stiff manner making an interesting topic rather dull. It relies on a vast breadth of research but it presents it all in a very inaccessible way. Finally, whilst it does look at various angles of beauty and its impact on employers, spouses and la ...more
Really wanted to like this, but did not. I didn't even finish!! Some data referenced was taken from the 1970s, and I felt like the author made connections but failed to explain clearly how he came to those conclusions. Interesting topic though! Might be a better article than entire book.
John Kane
A very comprehensive review of the economic literature on the returns to beauty in labor, marriage, and financial markets.
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