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The Campus Beauty Tax

Besieged on campus by amorous female students, University of Alabama economics professor Gary A. Hoover relocated to a home 45 miles away. “I don’t want to end up in a bar and see some nice-looking lady,” he told the Chronicle of Higher Education, “and then come to find out, ‘I’m in your Tuesday/Thursday class.'” It’s the unlikely but true story of too-attractive academics. They reap the benefits of the beauty premium–attractive people tend to be better rewarded by the job market–but find being gorgeous a professional burden. [%comments]