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Good looks translate into higher pay, study finds

Article-Good looks translate into higher pay, study finds

Research conducted at the University of Texas suggests that better-looking people earn better-looking paychecks, reports

According to the research, published recently in the Journal of Labor Economics, physically attractive people earn about 5 percent more in hourly pay than their average-looking colleagues, who in turn earn 9 percent more per hour than workers who are less than average looking.

The study adds that workers with less than attractive features may also get fewer promotions than their more comely colleagues.

The study admits uncertainty as to whether attractive people translate their good looks into higher productivity, but it does note that university students consistently grade better-looking professors higher than less attractive faculty members.

Some experts believe beauty may be much more than skin deep. The article cites researchers Markus Mobius and Tanya Rosenblat who found that a significant percentage of an individual’s confidence level is based on one’s perceived attractiveness to others — as much as 20 percent.

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