The influence of education on facial attractiveness

WANG Bing1 YANG Bao2

(1.College of Humanities & Social Development, Northwest A&F University)
(2.School of Public Affairs, Chongqing University)

【Abstract】Based on the baseline data of the China Family Panel Studies in 2010, the study explores the influence of education years on facial attractiveness and its mechanism. The study finds that years of education have a positive effect on facial attractiveness through channel variables, such as income, occupation, leisure life, and bad habits. Education has a positive impact on income, occupation and leisure life, and a negative impact on bad habits. The study also shows that the most important channels for education to affect facial attractiveness are occupation and leisure life, and explains the theory of constrains and efficiency theory that explains the impact of education on facial attractiveness.

【Keywords】 education years; facial attractiveness; influence channels;


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    [1]. ① CFPS 2010 data are a survey conducted by CFPS group of Peking University in cooperation with universities nationwide. The interviewers are mainly senior college students and graduate students, with similar age, values and educational background. All the interviewers were trained before the survey. According to the CFPS questionnaire and the survey manual, the explanation part of the question was mainly to score objectively according to their facial features. Interviewers’ scores are consistent, so the influence of age and education level can be effectively controlled. [^Back]


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CN: 11-3280/C

Vol , No. 04, Pages 47-55+95

July 2016


Article Outline



  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Literature review and theoretical assumptions
  • 3 Models and data
  • 4 Research results
  • 5 Conclusion and inspiration
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