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Unpacking the beauty premium: What channels does it operate through, and has it changed over time?

Borland, Jeff I; Leigh, Andrew


Using data from representative samples of the Australian population in 1984 and 2009, we make two main contributions to analysis of the economic returns of beauty. First, we broaden analysis of the effects of beauty beyond the labour market to examine its relation to household income. We find that beauty significantly affects total household income - via respondents' probability of employment and their hours of work and hourly wage, and whether they have a partner who contributes income to the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: The Economic Record
DOI: 10.1111/1475-4932.12091


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