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Beautiful woman A large beauty premium exists in jobs that require substantial amounts of interpersonal interaction, while there is no beauty premium in jobs that require working with information and data. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder – and in the working world, that can mean better jobs and higher wages if those eyes belong to a boss. But is that always due to employers inappropriately favoring attractive people no matter the position, or should beauty simply be viewed as a productive attribute that is highly valued in certain jobs?

That is the question researchers are examining in the National Bureau Of Economic Research working paper, “Beauty, job tasks, and wages: A new conclusion about employer taste-based discrimination.”

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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