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Attractive High School Kids May Be Headed for Higher Pay

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Young adults who are thought to be more attractive than their peers are, starting in high school, more likely to be given advantages that eventually lead to higher pay in their early jobs, according to new research conducted by sociologists at the University of Illinois in Chicago.  More from

A new research paper finds that attractive young adults enjoy a pay advantage over their less attractive peers, and that advantage starts building as early as high school.

“There may be this kind of snowballing effect across time,” said Rachel Gordon, a sociology professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and one of the study’s co-authors.

The researchers found that, starting as early as high school, more attractive people were rated as more intelligent and more promising. They also got higher grades and were more likely to graduate from college than their peers.

Gordon said those early successes and confidence boosters may create a self-fulfilling prophecy in which the attractive high school students end up being more successful in adulthood.

That boost can have long-term consequences on how much money you earn. Past research has shown that that both women and men enjoy a wage bonus for having above-average looks, and can suffer a wage penalty if they have below-average looks. That’s along with other economic advantages prettier people enjoy.

Gordon said the new research shows that the origins of that advantage may start well before adulthood. That could raise awareness about what high school teachers and administrators can do to mitigate the effects of what they dub “lookism,” and help less attractive students feel more included and confident.

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Study: Families with Autistic Kids Earn Less

Monday, March 26th, 2012

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics has shown that families with at least one child diagnosed with autism earn 28 percent less than families without an autistic child.  Further, the study found that parents of autistic kids earn 21 percent less than families where a child has a different health limitation. reports on the findings, which largely cite differences in mothers’ incomes as the source of the discrepancy:

The income discrepancy among families with a child with autism is likely due to mothers leaving the workforce and taking lower-paying jobs, said study co-author David Mandell.

These mothers aren’t just staying at home to take care of their children with autism, says Mandell, associate director of the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania.  They’re on the phone arguing with their insurance company about getting services, going to multiple meetings about school, and shuttling kids from provider after provider.

“It’s not that caring for a child with autism is more difficult per se than caring for a child with cerebral palsy, for example, or intellectual disability,” said Mandell, associate director of the Center for Autism Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “But the service system for kids with autism is not as well defined. There’s not as much appropriate treatment available for these kids.”

Approximately 1 in 110 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder.

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