Looks and Labor: Do Attractive People Work More?

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Abstract

Using the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS) 2008, I investigate how looks affect an individual’s labor supply decision. My results are, by and large, in line with predictions derived from the neoclassical model of labor supply. Applying regular probit, bivariate probit, Tobit and Heckman selection regression models, I find that good looks go hand in hand with higher employment probabilities and more hours of market work. Furthermore, physical attractiveness is positively associated with spousal income and spousal employment. Hence, beauty appears to affect labor supply decisions both directly and through the marriage market.
LanguageEnglish
Pages269-287
Number of pages19
JournalLabour
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2014

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Keywords

  • labour supply
  • physical attractiveness
  • employment
  • spousal income
  • spousal employment

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Gehrsitz, Markus. / Looks and Labor: Do Attractive People Work More?. In: Labour. 2014 ; Vol. 28, No. 3. pp. 269-287.
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