Hey, Gorgeous, Here's a Raise!

How the dismal science applies to your life.
July 9 2001 9:00 PM

Hey, Gorgeous, Here's a Raise!

As for you fatties, we're cutting your salaries.

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Why does beauty rule the wage market? Why does the market punish fat, except when it doesn't? There's a lot we don't understand. If you've got a theory that I haven't explored here, send me e-mail, and I'll discuss the best ideas in an upcoming column.

Steven E. Landsburg is the author, most recently, ofMore Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics. You can e-mail him at armchair@landsburg.com.