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Unformatted text preview: relationship was found for
men, older employees, and those engaged in maledominated occupations, but not for women,
younger employees, and those in female-dominated
Two studies at the University of Pittsburgh have
provided further evidence that good looks pay. In
one study, Good, Olson, and Frieze (1986) used height, weight, and body mass (weight relative to
height) as indicators of physical attractiveness. They
surveyed over 2,000 M.B.A. graduates of the
University of Pittsburgh who graduated between
1973 and 1982. For men, weight but not height was
found to predict starting salary, and both height and
weight predicted the current (1983) salary. However,
neither of these variables predicted the starting and
current salary of the women in the sample. For each
one-inch increase in height, the salary of the men
was $600 higher. Overweight men earned $4,000
less in salary than those of normal weight.
In another study, Frieze, Olson, and Russell (1991)
asked a group of people with corporate management experience to rate the physical attractiveness
of 700 M.B.A. graduates on a five-point scale....
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