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Judging a book by its Cover: The influence of physical attractiveness on the promotion of regional leaders

Leng Ling, Danglun Luo and Guoman She

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2019, vol. 158, issue C, 1-14

Abstract: We investigate the determinants of the promotion of Chinese municipal leaders and find that leaders with greater perceived attractiveness have a higher probability of promotion. Further exploration shows no correlation between a leader's facial traits and local economic growth under his jurisdiction. Essentially, a senior government official's look significantly affects his chance of promotion but says very little about his ability to advance the local economy. Our findings suggest that appearance-based discrimination exists when Chinese political hierarchy screens political elites.

Keywords: Discrimination; Political turnover; Economic performance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D73 H11 J71 M51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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