Sunday, February 14, 2010

Ugly Criminals

Or so it seems:
Being very attractive reduces a young adult's propensity for criminal activity and being unattractive increases it. Being very attractive is also positively associated with wages and with adult vocabulary test scores, which implies that beauty may have an impact on human capital formation. The results suggest that a labor market penalty provides a direct incentive for unattractive individuals toward criminal activity.
The source for this is given as: "Ugly Criminals" from The Review of Economics and Statistics.

The huge advantages that accrue to the beautiful, and the corresponding penalty for ugliness, is one of the dark truths of our society.

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