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Olivier Gergaud, Victor Ginsburgh and Florine Livat
 
''Success of Celebrities: Talent, Intelligence or Beauty?''
( 2012, Vol. 32 No.4 )
 
 
We analyze the Celebrity 100 annual list of the world's most “powerful celebrities” compiled and published by Forbes Magazine. The lists provide an interesting collection of people, that includes their earnings, and the perception of citizens concerning the attributes that made them become celebrities. We analyze the relationship between their earnings and the perceptions on their intelligence, talent, beauty and other attributes, and show that though beauty plays a role, intelligence and talent are more important.
 
 
Keywords: Earnings, economic success, talent
JEL: J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs: General
Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology: General
 
Manuscript Received : May 30 2012 Manuscript Accepted : Nov 19 2012

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