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Author of 'Beauty Pays' to deliver Martin C. Spechler Economics lecture at IUPUI



INDIANAPOLIS — Daniel S. Hamermesh’s “Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful” “demonstrates how society favors the beautiful and how better-looking people experience startling but undeniable benefits in all aspects of life,” according to the Amazon review of the book.

The noted economist “shows that the attractive are more likely to be employed, work more productively and profitably, receive more substantial pay, obtain loan approvals, negotiate loans with better terms, and have more handsome and highly educated spouses,” the review said.

As the Martin C. Spechler Economics Speaker Series lecturer, Hamermesh will present “Beauty Pays” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Room 450C of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. His lecture will follow a 6 p.m. reception in the center’s fourth-floor lobby.

Hamermesh is professor of economics at Royal Holloway, University of London; and the Sue Killam Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Texas, Austin.

Published by Princeton University Press in 2011, “Beauty Pays” is the first book to seriously measure the advantages of physical beauty. Hamermesh has written numerous professional journal articles on the subject.

The Martin C. Spechler lecture is sponsored by the Department of Economics in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.  For more information on the lecture and to RSVP, contact

 Visitor parking is available for a fee in the Vermont Street Garage.
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Daniel S. Hamermesh is available for media interviews in advance of his IUPUI lecture. Contact Diane Brown at 317-274-2195 or for details.