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 funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) officially started on 1 September 2021. Joshua Hellyer has joined the project as PhD student at the MZES. A first kick-off workshop presenting the research agenda and planned data collection took place at the MZES in October 2021. Currently, preliminary work is being done in the form of a literature review and the data collection is being prepared.

Fact sheet

Funding: 
DFG
Duration: 
2019 to 2023
Status: 
ongoing
Data Sources: 
ALLBUS, pairfam and own data collection: factorial survey experiments, correspondence test
Geographic Space: 
Germany

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