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Study says beautiful people earn more

GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 16 (UPI) -- Good-looking men and women have a greater confidence that gives them an edge in the job market, a study from the University of Florida showed.

"We've found that, even accounting for intelligence, a person's feeling of self-worth is enhanced by how attractive they are and this, in turn, results in higher pay," Timothy Judge, the study's lead author, told ScienceDaily in a story published Saturday.

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Judge and his team compared data from the Harvard Study of Health and Life Quality on 191 men and women between the ages of 25 and 75. The 191 were questioned about their education and finances, and had their pictures taken and rated for attractiveness by the Harvard researchers.

Judge's team found people rated good-looking made more money, were better educated and felt more confident, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Intelligence, however, still proved a strong factor in determining a person's income.

"The brainy are not necessarily at a disadvantage to the beautiful, and if one possesses intelligence and good looks, then all the better," Judge said.

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