BGU releases study on beauty discrimination in job hiring

By JPOST.COM STAFF
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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