In analyzing this, Hamermesh has created a new kind of economics: "pulchrinomics," the economics of beauty.
According to his research, good-looking people are likely to earn an average of 3% to 4% more than a person with below-average looks resulting in $230,000 more over a lifetime for the typical good-looking person. Even an average-looking worker is likely to make $140,000 more over a lifetime than an ugly worker.
Hamermesh points out that while beautiful people earn more, beauty is only one factor that affects how much one earns. Individuals can still emphasize those things that they are good at, focusing on intelligence, personality, and other strengths.
For more, see his book, "Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful."