Do you really get paid less if you’re ‘ugly’?

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22:  A South Korean banker carries US dollar bank notes at the Korea Exchange bank on February 22, 2005 in Seoul, South Korea. The South Korean won jumped to its highest intraday level in more than seven years in domestic tra

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It's a widely accepted fact that things tend to come a little easier to beautiful people, but do you really get paid less if you're 'ugly'? New research published in Springer's Journal of Business and Psychology reveals the answer is not so simple. Researchers analyzed very precise data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health which measured physical attractiveness of participants at various points over a 13 year period. They found healthier and more intelligent respondents, as well as those who were more conscientious and extroverted, and less neurotic, earned significantly more than others. Interestingly, respondents who fell in the "very unattractive" category always earned more than those rated as merely unattractive. This was sometimes even the case when the income of the very unattractive was measured against their average-looking or even attractive co-workers.

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