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Dress for success : does primping pay?

Author: Daniel S Hamermesh; Junsen Zhang; Xin Meng; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : National Bureau of Economic Research, ©1999.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), working paper no. 7167.
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Abstract: A unique survey of Shanghai residents in 1996 that combined labor-market information, appraisals of respondents' beauty, and household expenditures allows us to examine the relative magnitudes of the investment and consumption components of women's spending on beauty-enhancing goods and services. We find that beauty raises women's earnings (and to a lesser extent, men's) adjusted for a wide range of  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel S Hamermesh; Junsen Zhang; Xin Meng; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 70121340
Notes: "June 1999."
Description: 1 online resource (18 pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), working paper no. 7167.
Other Titles: Does primping pay?
Responsibility: Daniel S. Hamermesh, Xin Meng, Junsen Zhang.

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Abstract: A unique survey of Shanghai residents in 1996 that combined labor-market information, appraisals of respondents' beauty, and household expenditures allows us to examine the relative magnitudes of the investment and consumption components of women's spending on beauty-enhancing goods and services. We find that beauty raises women's earnings (and to a lesser extent, men's) adjusted for a wide range of controls. Additional spending on clothing and cosmetics has a generally positive but decreasing marginal impact on a woman's perceived beauty. The relative sizes of these effects demonstrate that such purchases pay back at most 10 percent of each unit of expenditure in the form of higher earnings. Most such spending represents consumption.

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