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Is Beauty only Skin-deep? Disentangling the Beauty Premium on a Game Show

Belot, Michele and Bhaskar, V and van de Ven, Jeroen (2007) Is Beauty only Skin-deep? Disentangling the Beauty Premium on a Game Show. Working Paper. University of Essex, Department of Economics, Economics Discussion Papers, Colchester.

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Abstract

This paper analyzes behavior on a TV game show where players’ monetary payoffs depend upon an array of factors, including ability in answering questions, perceived cooperativeness and the willingness of other players to choose them. We find a substantial beauty premium and are able to disentangle contributing factors. Attractive players perform no differently than less attractive ones, on every dimension. They also exhibit and engender the same degree of cooperativeness. Nevertheless, attractive players are substantially less likely to be eliminated by their peers. Our results suggest a consumption value basis for the beauty premium.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: beauty premium, discrimination.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jenny Connolly
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 11:39
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2014 11:39
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8908

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