It pays to be pretty

Aug. 31, 2011 at 7:52 AM ET

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The Economist recently took a look at three books dealing with a topic that is both uncomfortable and endlessly fascinating:  Whether attractiveness helps you get ahead in life.

The article, citing the research of experts including Daniel Hamermesh, notes that attractive people earn more than average-looking ones even in fields such as professional football.

This isn’t just pocket change, either: Over a lifetime, the article argues that an attractive worker might, on average, earn $230,000 more than a very plain worker.

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