Department of Economics
University of Texas
Austin, TX 78712-1173 USA
Institutional Affiliation: University of Texas at Austin
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|August 2011||"Beauty Is the Promise of Happiness"?|
with Daniel S. Hamermesh: w17327
We measure the impact of individuals' looks on life satisfaction/happiness. Using five data sets, from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Germany, we construct beauty measures in different ways that allow placing lower bounds on the effects of beauty. Beauty raises happiness: A one standard-deviation change in beauty generates about 0.10 standard deviations of additional satisfaction/happiness among men, 0.12 among women. Accounting for a wide variety of covariates, particularly effects in the labor and marriage markets, including those that might be affected by differences in beauty, the impact among men is more than halved, among women slightly less than halved.
Published: "Beauty Is the Promise of Happiness"? European Economic Review, Volume 64 (2013): 351-368 citation courtesy of
|May 2010||Charity and Favoritism in the Field: Are Female Economists Nicer (to Each Other)?|
with Daniel S. Hamermesh: w15972
Using a very large sample of matched author-referee pairs, we examine how the gender of referees and authors affects the former's recommendations. Relying on changing matches of authors and referees, we find no evidence of gender differences among referees in charitableness toward authors; nor do we find any effect of the interaction between the referees' and authors' gender. With substantial research showing gender differences in fairness, the results suggest that an ethos of objectivity can overcome tendencies toward same-group favoritism/opposite-group discrimination.
Published: Jason Abrevaya & Daniel S. Hamermesh, 2012. "Charity and Favoritism in the Field: Are Female Economists Nicer (To Each Other)?," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 94(1), pages 202-207. citation courtesy of