Join the discussion about "The Beauty Premium"... Do better looking people do better in life?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 12:00 AM

There's a premium on beauty. And it's not just social, it's economic. Some people can earn more because they have better teeth. Others earn more because they are taller. What's your experience? Join the discussion by clicking "get in the mix", by emailing, or by calling our SpinVox line at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE. And tune in Tuesday morning for Freakonomics author Stephen Dubner's assessment.


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Melanie Loomis

I'm a college student at Penn State and listened to your audio clip about beauty because we're analyzing the "Dove Beauty" campaign. In an anthropology class I took, the professor directly correlated economics with what determines beauty (i.e. if your poor in the 50's, it meant you were tan and skinny; rich meant you were plumper because you could afford food) Obviously standards have changed regarding whats beautiful and what's not. Do you think campaigns are the root cause or is it still economically driven? I'd love to hear your thoughts, thanks

Melanie Loomis
Senior PR Public Relations

Mar. 03 2009 04:50 PM

I am a co-founder of a small private company of 30-ish people. I dumbly found, our five executives are actually the five tallest men in the company, and in my opinion they are also among the most good looking ones. And they speak well.

Further examine our payroll data I found, in deed, attractive people get higher pay, partially because they were already paid more before coming to our company.

Co-incident? Or correlated?

Aug. 13 2008 02:47 PM

For a program that brags about being immediate and in the moment, you guys missed this morning's big story: former White House spokesman Scott McClellan's memoir about his time in the White House.

May. 28 2008 07:16 AM

Absolutely. Looks often open the door to almost any deal. First impressions can impact final results.

May. 27 2008 08:20 PM

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