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Wealth and status: Analyzing the perceived attractiveness of 2010 FIFA world cup players

Chi, Feng and Yang, Nathan (2010): Wealth and status: Analyzing the perceived attractiveness of 2010 FIFA world cup players.

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This paper analyzes the supply of status using data on the attractiveness ratings for the World Cup 2010 athletes from the social networking website BeautifulPeople.com. Treating the data as a team-player panel, the 32 country fixed effects are positively associated with GDP per capita. Furthermore, there is no obvious correlation between each country's GDP per capita and its FIFA rank, suggesting that income is related to these status fixed effects through a direct channel.

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