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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Ho hum June 16 2012
By WilloWill - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book partly out of interest and partly because it related to a paper I was writing for grad school. It was reasonably interesting - scholarly rather than popular - but nothing to be bowled over by. Probably best for students researching a related topic rather than the casual reader.
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Beauty Pays April 18 2014
By Champ - Published on Amazon.com
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Beauty Pays is an extraordinary book that tells the Ugly truth about looks. Better looks equal an easier time in the world no matter where you go. People generally like to be around beautiful people, which may be a reason why some with good looks have the nastiest attitudes. I do not think the world should cater to self identified beauty whether true or false. From an economic standpoint beauty and attractiveness are well explained and reiterated several times over. It is another form of discrimination, but it just doesn't have enough political muscle behind it to stand. Nice writing Mr. Hamermesh!!
15 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Beauty Pays Is an Overall Disappointment Oct. 17 2011
By Serge J. Van Steenkiste - Published on Amazon.com
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Daniel Hamermesh concentrates his attention on the economics of one's beauty, especially the impact of looks on earnings. This tour of horizon is ultimately unsatisfactory due to the weaknesses of the data set used, especially in Parts I and II of the book under review. This observation is counterintuitive due to the abundance of research that Mr. Hamermesh mentions in his notes. The data used is often either too old and/or limited to assess the exact extent of the undeniable effects of beauty on economics. For example, the author relies on data from the 1970s to calculate the percentage impacts of looks on earnings in the U.S. (pp. 45; 49). Other examples include the impact of better-looking CEOs (pp. 97; 99) or the extremely sparse case law in the jurisdictions that ban discrimination based on looks (p. 156). To his credit, Mr. Hamermesh acknowledges the limitations of these studies. Furthermore, some topics addressed in the book under review have not been the subject of any systematic study. Think for example about the impact of beauty during a recession or the impact of employees' beauty in boosting sales for a profit-making organization (pp. 50; 90). In summary, the evidence provided is too often piecemeal to accurately estimate the undeniable impact of beauty on economics.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting, but boring May 13 2013
By Jordan M Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is written like a research paper. The facts are interesting, but it's a little dry and wordy. Wish I had found a better book.
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Dr. Hamermesh knows Beauty! Oct. 21 2012
By Sue H. - Published on Amazon.com
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Beauty Pays is an easy to read and yet scholarly book about the role and results of good looks in the world. It may not be palatable to know the prejudice that exists in our culture, but it is important to hear the truth.


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