A handsome man can earn a fifth more than a plainer colleague but a
beautiful woman is not paid a penny more than her average-looking
colleague, new research has shown.
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高个儿挣钱多，帅哥的额外津贴。The study by senior economists found that being good-looking meant
male workers could earn 22 percent more than average-looking
The long and short of this Australian report is that tall workers earn
significantly more than their vertically challenged counterparts。
Researchers said good looks did not give women a similar advantage.
A six-foot man can expect a windfall of almost $750 (around 7500 yuan) a
The researchers found there were practical reasons why the size gap
translated into a pay gap. Tall people were sometimes more capable of
performing certain physical tasks, like reaching high shelves。
Andrew Leigh, the former economics professor at the Australian
National University who co-authored the report, said: “Beauty can be a
double-edged sword for women.
But the discrepancy is explained mainly by discrimination, the simple
fact that society tends to look on tall people as more powerful and
smarter, even when they’re not。
The study from the Australian National University also found that
slimmer workers tend to get slimmer pay packets. Fat men earn five per
cent more than their slender colleagues。
“Some people still believe good looks and intelligence are
incompatible in women so a good-looking woman can’t be that
productive, but there’s no dumb-blonde syndrome affecting men’s pay.”
He said that although he believed good-looking women may also earn
more, the research did not support his theory.
The research found that handsome men in all jobs, from manual labour
to highly-paid professional careers, can earn 22 percent more than
their colleagues doing an indentical role.
Men with below-average looks face an uphill battle in the office, with
ugliness reducing a man’s earnings by 26 percent compared to an
Former male model Ian Mitchell, 28, who has a first class degree in
history from Edinburgh and now works for a cosmetics company, told the
Sunday Times: “It gives you confidence, and I suspect people tend to
warm to you more quickly.”
The study, entitled Unpacking the Beauty Premium, was the largest
exercise of its kind and repeated a survey from 1984 to see if the
beauty premium had changed.
Leigh said the research showed people in the workplace were “lookist”
and he hoped the findings would encourage employers to reverse their