The Economy of Beauty

Where does the economy of beauty intersect with popular opinion on the subject? Join Professor of Economy Steve Landsburg in a conversation with Professor of Sociology Ashley Mears in discussing these issues. Interestingly, Ashley herself became a runway model to research her dissertation on the issue of public opinion and beauty. This FEED proved a huge hit and a real eye-opener into the world of THE UGLY ONE. Enjoy!

STEVE LANDSBURG (Moderator) is a Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester. He is the author of The Armchair Economist, Fair Play, More Sex is Safer Sex, The Big Questions, two textbooks in economics, a forthcoming textbook on general relativity and cosmology, and over thirty journal articles in mathematics, economics and philosophy. His current research is in the area of quantum game theory. He blogs daily at www.TheBigQuestions.com. For over ten years, he wrote the monthly ‘Everyday Economics’ column in “Slate” magazine, and has written regularly for “Forbes” and occasionally for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He appeared as a commentator on the PBS/Turner Broadcasting series Damn Right, and has made over 200 appearances on radio and television broadcasts over the past few years. He has served on the board of directors of Hutchinson Technology, the world’s largest maker of suspension assemblies for hard disk drives.

ASHLEY MEARS is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University. She completed her Ph.D. from New York University and was a visiting fellow at the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the intersections of culture, markets, and inequalities. Her first book, Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model (University of California Press, 2011), examines the production value around the “look” in New York and London fashion markets. Her articles are published in the journals Ethnography, Poetics, and Social Forces, and she has written for The New York Times and The Week.


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