It's long been accepted as a sad fact of life: Not only do beautiful people get more dates, they also make more money.
Economists have puzzled over the so-called beauty premium. Although it made sense in some occupations — in customer service or sales, for example — it seemed to hold true in jobs that had nothing to do with looks.
But a new study published in the Journal of Business Psychology found something different, and perhaps cheering to the unappealing underdog: People who are not just unattractive but "very unattractive" actually make even more money than their beautiful colleagues, evidence of a potential "ugliness premium."
The researchers looked at a sample of the U.S. National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health and found that people who were rated as extremely unattractive by researchers visiting their homes earned significantly more at age 29 than those who were simply unattractive.