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Does it pay to be pretty and if you're not should you be eligible for an extra break from the boss my next guest says the answer is yes.
-- a hammer -- is professor of economics at the University of Texas at Austin and author of beauty please.
Are right Daniel affirmative action for an attractive people seriously.
A lot of people think so and a couple places in the US already do -- the question is should we be doing it that's a tough call.
It is now it is it.
It is because I don't view beauty really is inherently any different or ugliness is any different from a disability.
Or perhaps even racist I mean you can't change very much some people -- born -- there's not much they can do about it.
Although I'm -- -- -- would -- beg to differ.
Can you give you get -- -- our hands of the right hair stylist and makeup artist and wardrobe consultant.
You'd be amazed at what they can do to the -- easier to wind up at the so purse.
They're trying to make a silk purse out of -- without too much success in this lot of evidence now that in fact people will look at you -- say.
Hasn't made much of a difference you're pretty much -- with your looks.
All right so what -- what we protect a class for example African Americans or women or people over the age of forty under the law.
It's because they have an immutable characteristic that they cannot change I mean you know.
You use if if you're black you're black you're not been able to change it if people discriminate against you because of it it's on -- You're telling me that if you are born attractive if -- -- it -- unchanged you can not make yourself an attractive person if -- -- -- It's not -- changeable -- very hard to change and most people don't there's a wonderful study which looked at ten euros in the same people forty years later.
Called ugly duckling has become -- docs.
Compare -- for example to a disability that's something that's changeable we protect disabled in the whole variety of ways under the 88.
Why not if -- -- cost let's protect the truly ugly.
Hot parking you to listen you you know some people are as smart -- -- -- -- protect.
Then the stupid you could protected the unfunny all those things help people get jobs having -- having a sense of humor.
That's a very good argument the thing is intelligence or even being funny is productive.
Intelligent people create things there's nothing inherently productive about beauty just -- have this predilection because of basic evolutionary history for favoring -- Brady and being against the ugly it's not inherently productive that's the difference if you.
If you if you actually apply this policy in and say you're discriminating if you don't hire -- -- person.
How targeted ticket I mean does it apply -- like modeling agencies at film studios and strip joints.
Those are tough ones I mean I would've fired running a strip joint which is not something I -- -- next week.
I would argue that this should be exempted but that's a tough call as you know it depends upon how the case law would develop.
And -- -- -- -- authority and who's ugly.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Sure it's in the -- behold but we tend to behold things similarly if -- say somebody is one -- the obvious people we've ever -- bottom 2%.
The odds are pretty good that I and most other people will agree we tend to agree on duty in the society.
Last question you comfortable creating an entirely new class of victims to clog up our court system.
If -- -- cost us I would if funny other had takes away from our energies to protect African Americans in particular I'd say no politically I care more about that group.
And -- you are an interesting man this is an interesting interview thank you for being here we'll be right back.
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