Triple penalty in employment access: The role of beauty, race, and sex

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Abstract

We randomly assigned Quechua and white surnames and (subjectively perceived) attractive or homely-looking photographs (or no photos) to 4,899 fictitious résumés sent in response to 1,247 job openings. We find that candidates who are physically attractive, have a white-sounding surname, and are males, receive 82%, 54%, and 34% more callbacks for job interviews than their similarly-qualified counterparts, thus imposing a triple penalty on homely-looking, indigenous, and female job candidates. We further find that the intensity of discrimination by race and physical appearance differs for males and females; the intensity of discrimination by physical appearance and sex differs for Quechua and white applicants; and the intensity of racial and sexual discrimination differs for beautiful and homely-looking persons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-47
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Applied Economics
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2017

Keywords

  • Peru
  • beauty
  • discrimination
  • labour market
  • race
  • sex

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