Thu May 25th, 2006 at 05:53:13 AM EST
From Chris Dillow on Stumbling and Mumbling:
Ugly and stupid
Good-looking people do better in exams than ugly ones. That's the message of this paper (pdf):
We examine the effects of students' physical appearance upon examination results. We found evidence that beauty has a significant impact on academic performance, a result which is consistent with and comparable to the impact found in labour market literature.
The effect is big. Students with looks that are one standard deviation above average perform 38% better than those with looks one standard deviation below average. [Stumbling and Mumbling]