Do people get paid more if they are better looking? Freakonomics did a podcast interviewing beauty economist Hamermesh who explained that:
If you are an economist you may think the statistics above could be problematic. For example, better looking people could be more charming or better communicators, which are more "standard" sources of income differences. However, even when looking at quarterbacks - where looks may not matter as much, except for merchandise/publicity revenue which is not included here - Berri finds that beauty (based on symmetrical faces) pays as well.
So, if surgeries cost less than $10k, and we can increase our lifetime income by over $150k, shouldn't we all get a surgery? It seems like a great investment. Well, data (from China and the surgery mecca of "North Korea") says this does not help...
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