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Do Pimples Pay? Acne, Human Capital, and the Labor Market

Hugo M. Mialon and Erik Nesson ()

Journal of Human Capital, 2019, vol. 13, issue 1, 39 - 55

Abstract: We use data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health to investigate the association between having acne in middle to high school and subsequent educational and labor market outcomes. We find that having acne is strongly positively associated with overall grade point average in high school, grades in high school English, history, math, and science, and the completion of a college degree. We also find evidence that acne is associated with higher personal labor market earnings for women. We further explore a possible channel through which acne may affect education and earnings.

Date: 2019
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