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Exploring the impact of male and female facial attractiveness on occupational prestige

Sala, Emanuela and Terraneo, Marco and Lucchini, Mario and Knies, Gundi (2013) 'Exploring the impact of male and female facial attractiveness on occupational prestige.' Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 31 (1). pp. 69-81. ISSN 0276-5624

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Traditionally, social scientists have studied socio-economic inequalities mainly by looking at the impact of individuals' economic, cultural and social capital. Some scholars have recently argued that other types of resources, such as genetic and erotic capital, may also play a role in the processes that lead to the formation of social inequalities. Using a unique longitudinal dataset, the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, this paper explores the impact of facial attractiveness on people's socio-economic standing over the life course. Methodologically, we employ a set of multilevel Growth Curve Models. Two findings clearly stand out from our analysis. Firstly, facial attractiveness does matter, both for men and women, and secondly, its impact is constant over the employment history. © 2012 International Sociological Association Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Occupational mobility; Careers; Physical appearance; Erotic capital; Beauty; SEI
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2013 15:04
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:30

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