Title

Judging a book by its cover: The influence of physical attractiveness on the promotion of regional leaders

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2019

Publication Title

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

Abstract

We investigate the determinants of the promotion of Chinese municipal leaders and find that leaders with greater perceived attractiveness have a higher probability of promotion. Further exploration shows no correlation between a leader's facial traits and local economic growth under his jurisdiction. Essentially, a senior government official's look significantly affects his chance of promotion but says very little about his ability to advance the local economy. Our findings suggest that appearance-based discrimination exists when Chinese political hierarchy screens political elites.

Volume Number

158

First Page

1

Comments

© 2019 Elsevier B.V.

State

published

Last Page

14

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