Here's Looking at You

What you see in the mirror may be deciding your paycheck

Beauty's only skin deep, but that may be enough in the workplace. "Ugly people earn less than average-looking people, and average-looking people earn less than the beautiful," reports University of Texas economist Daniel Hamermesh in his new book, Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful. Studies indicate that a good-looking man or woman can expect to earn an average of $230,000 more in a lifetime than a person who is plain or homely. Hamermesh doesn't analyze what makes people attractive, but studies show that people generally come to the same judgment on a 1-to-5 scale about who's pretty or handsome....

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