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Good looks and better outlooks: does satisfaction with physical appearance associate with future expectations?

Maryam Dilmaghani (Economics Department, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada)

Journal of Economic Studies

ISSN: 0144-3585

Article publication date: 10 March 2022

Issue publication date: 24 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The present paper examines how satisfaction with one's physical appearance associates with hopeful feelings, as well as optimism.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper uses the Canadian General Social Survey of 2016 and multivariate regression analysis.

Findings

At constant levels of current socioeconomic attainment, perceived intergenerational social mobility and self-confidence, satisfaction with one's physical appearance is found to associate with a greater hopefulness and more optimistic expectations about the future.

Originality/value

The present paper is the first economic study of how physical appearance associates with hope and optimism.

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Citation

Dilmaghani, M. (2023), "Good looks and better outlooks: does satisfaction with physical appearance associate with future expectations?", Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 50 No. 2, pp. 357-382. https://doi.org/10.1108/JES-10-2021-0500

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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