Pretty Integrated? The Causes and Consequences of Immigrants’ Physical Attractiveness on Integration Outcomes

Research question/goal: 

The project investigates the causes and consequences of perceptions of physical attractiveness in the context of immigrant integration. Physical attractiveness has been shown to be a key determinant of life chances in various domains, as attractive people are generally treated more favourably. But everyday perceptions of physical attractiveness may themselves be shaped by cultural distance, ethnic boundaries, and interaction frequency, thus affecting how attractive members of different groups perceive one another. Given that physical attractiveness on the one hand may be a determinant of integration mechanisms but on the other hand is itself subject to social construction, this project examines the link between immigrants’ perceived physical attractiveness and their economic integration.

Current stage: 

The project is currently in the preparatory stage. The official start of the project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) is September 1, 2021. Currently, preliminary work is being conducted in the form of a literature review.

Fact sheet

2019 to 2023
in preparation
Data Sources: 
ALLBUS, pairfam and own data collection: factorial survey experiments, correspondence test
Geographic Space: