English, Article, Journal or magazine article edition: Mirror, mirror on the wall: The effect of time spent grooming on wages Jayoti Das; Stephen B. DeLoach

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  • Mirror, mirror on the wall: The effect of time spent grooming on wages
Author
  • Jayoti Das
  • Stephen B. DeLoach
Physical Description
  • preprint
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  • It is well understood that personal grooming provides an important source of communication about individuals, their values and personalities. From an economic point of view, grooming is a non-market activity. The standard view is that time spent in non-market activities is counterproductive as it reduces work effort and job commitment. But grooming is different. There is reason to believe that certain productive personality traits may be inferred on the basis of personal grooming. Using data from the American Time Use survey, we investigate whether workers who spend more time grooming earn higher wages. The evidence shows that while higher levels of grooming time increases wages for men, there is no significant effect on women’s wages. We also find evidence that the returns to grooming are even larger for minority males.
  • RePEc:elo:wpaper:2008-01
  • To most economists, personal grooming is a non-market activity. The standard view is that time spent in non-market activities is counterproductive as it reduces work effort and job commitment. But grooming may be different. Grooming provides an important source of communication about workers, their values and personalities. There is reason to believe that certain productive personality traits may be inferred on the basis of personal grooming. In this paper, we use data from the American Time Use survey’s pooled cross-section 2003-2007 to investigate the effect of additional time spent grooming on earnings. The results show that the effect of grooming on earnings differs significantly by gender and race.
  • RePEc:elo:wpaper:20009-02
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  • English
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