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Looks as important as degree for success

Wages, promotions and perks at work are linked to a person’s attractiveness, a new study has found. While looks have long been thought essential for women to climb the corporate ladder, they are even more important for men.

entertainment Updated: Dec 23, 2011 12:19 IST

Wages, promotions and perks at work are linked to a person’s attractiveness, a new study has found.

According to researchers at the Leuphana University of Luneburg in northern Germany, while looks have long been thought essential for women to climb the corporate ladder, they are even more important for men.

The team, headed by Christian Pfeifer, questioned more than 3,000 people about their careers and compared them with rankings of how attractive they were.

Researchers themselves gauged their subjects’ looks on a scale of one to 11.

Office wear"The results showed that just one point above average on the attractiveness scale and the chance of getting employed rises by three percent," the Daily Mail quoted Pfeifer as saying.

“Five points more that is about the difference between an ordinary face and downright beauty helps in getting a job as much as a university degree.

“It remains unclear exactly how attractiveness often equates to higher pay and higher-flying career, but I suspect the first impression a person makes could be crucial."

“It is possible that good looking people make a more lasting impression in interviews, or that they come across as nicer."

“The future boss may know notice nothing they may possibly think they were making a choice based on the competence of the applicant. In such a case, attractiveness could act as a tool to open the door.''

“We know that good looking people are often more self assured, which could help in boosting their productivity,” Pfeifer added.

The study has been recently published in the Applied Economics Letters journal.