Links between Physical Appearance and Wage Discrimination: Further Evidence

International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 1-16, 2010

16 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2012

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Paulo R. A. Loureiro

University of Brasília- UnB

Adolfo Sachsida

Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA); Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA)

Mario Jorge Cardoso Mendonca

Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) - Directory of Macroeconomic Policy & Studies (DIMAC)

Date Written: February 16, 2009

Abstract

Unlike the work of Hamermesh and Biddle (1994) where personal appearance is linked to subjective factors such as beauty, this work tries to focus more objectively, relating appearance to certain physical characteristics such as weight, height, and physical disability which can influence an individual’s wage. This article intends to search for additional evidence concerning the possibility of the occurrence of wage discrimination originated by the individual's physical appearance.

Keywords: Labor market, beauty, physical appearance, wage discrimination and job selection

JEL Classification: J71, J24, C21, C93

Suggested Citation

Loureiro, Paulo R. A. and Sachsida, Adolfo and Cardoso Mendonca, Mario Jorge, Links between Physical Appearance and Wage Discrimination: Further Evidence (February 16, 2009). International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 1-16, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2006648

Paulo R. A. Loureiro (Contact Author)

University of Brasília- UnB ( email )

Campus Darcy Ribeiro-Asa Norte 70362-010 - Brasil
Brasilia, DF 70362-010
Brazil

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Adolfo Sachsida

Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) ( email )

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Mario Jorge Cardoso Mendonca

Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) - Directory of Macroeconomic Policy & Studies (DIMAC) ( email )

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10 Andar Centro
Rio de Janeiro RJ 20020-010
Brazil

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