In his book, Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful (see our previous post), University of Texas economist Daniel Hamermesh argues that beauty gives people a leg up the economic ladder. Hamermesh hangs a $230,000 price tag on beauty, claiming that’s how much more an attractive person can expect to make over his or her lifetime than an unattractive co-worker.
The idea that beauty pays is not a new one, although Hamermesh appears to be the first to translate beauty into dollars and cents. In her 1999 book Survival of the Prettiest, Harvard Medical School psychologist Nancy Etcoff stirred up a storm of controversy when she argued that beauty is one of nature’s most effective tools for guaranteeing the survival of the species.
To prove her point, Etcoff referenced numerous scientific studies showing that while we may want to believe our protestations that beauty is only skin deep; in actuality, we shallow humans search out and prefer to spend time with beautiful people.
Etcoff says it isn’t a myth; beauty does make life easier. In addition to better jobs and better pay, various studies have found that attractive people are better liked and more valued. One study found that even infants who have yet to acquire social baggage respond more positively to people with attractive facial features.
Scientists have come to the conclusion that the appreciation of beauty is hard-wired into our human brains. Like strength, agility, fertility and other physical attributes, beauty is one of the tools nature uses to ensure the survival of the species. Unfortunately, nature did not bestow beauty upon each of us equally. That small error can be corrected by a skilled New York facial plastic surgeon. Your confidence in your appearance should not depend on a whim of nature. With NY facial plastic surgery you have the tools to change your life.
It’s that dirty little secret that everyone “knows” is true but no one wants to admit.Good looking people get preferential treatment in the business world. In this era of political correctness, you won’t find anyone who will admit that a pretty face or handsome mug gives you an edge when applying for a job or vying for a promotion, but it does.
According to University of Texas economist Daniel Hamermesh, beautiful people earn $230,000 more over the length of their careers than their average-looking coworkers.
Hamermesh’s new book, Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful, approaches the correlation between beauty and success from an economic standpoint. Hamermesh found that handsome men earn an average 17% more than men with below-average looks. Men actually profited more from having an attractive appearance than women. Beautiful women earn only 12% more than their unattractive co-workers, although that 12% still represents a healthy income jump.
While Hamermesh found that beauty did not overwhelm job performance when job or promotion decisions were made, it did make a noticeable difference in the application phase. Beauty gave applicants an undeniable edge. Because we are all attracted to beauty, an attractive face predisposes people to look more favorably on a beautiful person. Beauty may not get you the job, but it is likely to get you the interview. In today’s ultra-competitive business world, just getting your foot in the door is a tremendous advantage. Unfortunately, many unattractive people never get the opportunity to show an employer or a customer or a manager what they can do.
Only 2% to 3% of men and women are considered strikingly handsome or beautiful, according to Hamermesh. That means that most of us could stand a little tweaking to boost our beauty coefficient. If your appearance is holding you back, New York facial plastic surgery can improve your appearance and help you get to the career boost you need.