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Volume 73, Issue 3


Beauty and Productivity in Academic Publishing

Bortnikova, Kseniya

Year: 2023   Volume: 73   Issue: 3   Pages: 251-276

Abstract: Academic publishing represents a field in which the opportunity for discrimination based on appearance should be limited since intellectual skills must play a key role. In this work, I document the beauty effect for economic scholars. Using unique data on academics who published their research papers in economic journals in 2017 and the new machine learning technique I test whether more attractive academics are more productive. I found evidence that appearance is positively and significantly associated with the success of research output as measured by the higher number of citations, the effects are robust and statistically significant.

JEL classification: C83, J3, J7, M51

Keywords: beauty bias, productivity, discrimination, academic publishing

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32065/CJEF.2023.03.02

RePEc: https://ideas.repec.org/a/fau/fauart/v73y2023i3p251-276.html

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