Looks good, you’re hired? Evidence from extra-parliamentary activities of German parliamentarians
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OriginalversjonGerman Economic Review, 16(2015)1: 1-22 10.1111/geer.12041
Politicians have been shown to benefit electorally from an attractive physical appearance. Employing data on 614 German MPs, this note explores whether it also affects their success/failure in the market for extra-parliamentary activities. An attractive physical appearance is found to mainly benefit female MPs, especially for private-sector jobs. This is particularly driven by MPs’ perceived likability. While MP’s perceived beauty is shown to have no direct effects for extra-parliamentary activities, our findings suggest important indirect effects.
This is the author’s accepted, refereed and final manuscript to the article