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Dress for success: does primping pay?

Hamermesh, Daniel; Meng, Xin; Zhang, Junsen


Combining labor-market information, appraisals of respondents' beauty, and household expenditures allows us to examine within a unified framework the relative magnitudes of investment and consumption components in one activity, women's spending on beauty-enhancing goods and services. We find that beauty raises women's earnings adjusted for a wide range of controls. Additional spending on clothing and cosmetics has a generally positive marginal impact on a woman's perceived beauty. The relative...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Labour Economics
DOI: 10.1016/S0927-5371(02)00014-3


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