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From: Sydney Morning Herald

Beautiful people more productive: study

Sydney Morning Herald:

A new book written by an economics professor at the University of Texas-Austin concludes that beauty brings many real benefits.

Daniel S Hamermesh has studied the economics of beauty for about 20 years. In Beauty Pays, which was published recently by Princeton University Press, he concludes that attractive people enjoy many advantages while those who are less attractive often face discrimination.

Using his research and worldwide studies he’s collected, Hamermesh notes that beautiful people are likely to be happier, earn more money, get a bank loan with a lower interest rate and marry a good-looking and highly educated spouse.

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I just think it’s a self fulfilling prophecy because good-looking people just get more opportunities because subconsciously we are trained to think beauty = better genes = better performance. It might be true but then how can one explain Einstein and a whole lot of other really great “performers” who are far from beautiful ?

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