Sunday, February 2, 2014
It Helps to Be Pretty, Even if You're an NFL Quarterback
Unfortunately, the beauty bonus plays out in almost all walks of life. Attractive people are, on average, happier, wealthier, more popular, and so on. One would hope that this wasn't so, but a wealth of studies suggest that it is. The beauty bonus is the subject of the latest Freakonomics podcast ("Reasons to Not Be Ugly"). In addition to David Berri, you'll hear from Daniel Hamermesh, an economist at the University of Texas and author of Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful. You’ll hear from Erdal Tekin, an economist at Georgia State University and co-author, with Naci Mocan, of a paper called “Ugly Criminals,” which ties a person’s looks to their propensity for crime. As always, you can download the podcast from iTunes or listen to it at the Freakonomics website ("Reasons to Not Be Ugly").