beauty and the bank
The Daily Show's Jason Jones investigates U.T. professor’s theory that “prettypays”
Last night’s episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart took a comical look at the recent findings of UT economics professor, Daniel Hamermesh.
In his new book, Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful, Hamermesh explores the statistical connections between physical beauty, financial success and happiness.
In the segment, The Daily Show’s humorous correspondent, Jason Jones, sits down with Hamermesh to discuss his academic findings and their implications for the protection of “uglo-Americans” (as coined by Jones).
Hamermesh has long been a researcher on the topic of “pulchronomics,” but perhaps the most widely circulated data point of late has been:
“Ugly people make less money than otherwise identical good-looking people. Maybe $230,000 over a lifetime compared to a good-looking person.”
Since its August publication, the book has been the focus of numerous articles and reviews, including a New York Times op-ed by Hamermesh himself that ran in the paper’s August 27th edition.