BGU releases study on beauty discrimination in job hiring

November 28, 2010 14:11

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have found that "attractive" women are called back for job positions less often than "plain-looking" women when sending pictures with their resumes.

The new study, titled "Are Good-Looking People More Employable?" proves that there is a double standard between "good looks" as a positive factor in men compared to women, according to a statement on the study released Sunday.The research was based on 5,312 CVs (resumes) sent out in pairs to 2,656 advertised job positions in Israel. In each pair, one CV contained a photo while the other, which was nearly identical, contained a picture of an "attractive" man or woman or a "plain-looking" man or woman.

The dependent variable was based on whether the employer contacted the candidate for an interview, with the overall response rate being 14.5 percent. 

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