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Tales from the Field - Beauty capital

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 14 September 2011

Being beautiful apparently brings big dividends: "The total effect of facial attractiveness on income is roughly equal to that of educational qualifications or self-confidence", claims Catherine Hakim in her new book Honey Money. Perhaps it's time to give up on exams and spend more time at the spa because Laurie also hears from the U.S. economist Daniel Hamermesh that being beautiful can greatly inflate your pay packet.
Also on the programme, Louise Westmarland talks about some of the extraordinary experiences that criminologists have faced whilst researching crime.
Producer: Charlie Taylor.

  • Dr Louise Westmarland

    Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the Open University

    Researching Crime and Justice: Tales from the Field
    Publisher: Willan
    ISBN-10: 1843923165
    ISBN-13: 978-1843923169

    Find out more about Louise Westmarland
  • Daniel Hamermesh

    Professor of Economics at the University of Texas in Austin

    Beauty Pays: Why attractive people are more successful
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    ISBN-10: 0691140464
    ISBN-13: 978-0691140469

    Find out more about Daniel Hamermesh
  • Dr Catherine Hakim

    Senior research fellow in Sociology at the LSE

    Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital
    Publisher: Allen Lane
    ISBN-10: 1846144191
    ISBN-13: 978-1846144196

    A Theory of Erotic Capital (abstract)
    Eur Sociol Rev (2010) 26 (5): 499-518.
    doi: 10.1093/esr/jcq014

    Dr Catherine Hakim will be discussing her book Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital
    On Monday 26 September, 7.45pm, Purcell Room at Southbank Centre
    Ticket Office: 0844 847 9910

    Find out more about Catherine Hakim



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