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

Michèle Belot (), V Bhaskar and Jeroen van de Ven ()

Economics Discussion Papers from University of Essex, Department of Economics

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.

Keywords: beauty premium; discrimination. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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