|All invited to public lecture on "Economics of Beauty"|
Daniel S. Hamermesh will address the relationship between physical appearance and labour market success in a public lecture, "The Economics of Beauty," at 2 p.m. Friday, April 27, in Room 1, Gamble Hall.
Hamermesh is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, program director at the Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA), and past president of the Society of Labor Economists and of the Midwest Economics Association. His books include "Labor Demand" and "The Economics of Work and Pay," a labor economics textbook.
Hamermesh is the Edward Everett Hale Centennial Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Princeton and Michigan State and has held visiting professorships at universities in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. His research, published in nearly 100 papers in scholarly journals, has concentrated on labor demand, time use, social programs and unusual applications of labor economics to suicide, sleep and beauty. A recent research article is titled "Dress for Success: Does Primping Pay?"
Does beauty matter? Do good-looking people earn more, how much more, and why? Is the effect the same for men and women? Does it mean employers discriminate against ugly workers? Do good looks make people more productive —- can we ever distinguish between the effects of beauty, or some other characteristic, as discrimination or productivity? Does buying clothing and beauty treatments raise earnings power? Is hiring good-looking people a good strategy for companies? Should the government offer affirmative action programs for ugly people?
His latest book, published this year, "Economics Is Everywhere," is a series of 400 vignettes designed to illustrate the ubiquity of economics in everyday life and how the simple tools in a microeconomics principles class can be used. Hamermesh is widely quoted in newspapers and magazines and has appeared on such television programs as Good Morning America, and the McNeil-Lehrer Report. Go to www.eco.utexas.edu/faculty/Hamermesh for more information about Hamermesh.
The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Economics at COPBA. For more information contact Sue Mialon, assistant professor of economics. -- Economics.