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Working Paper No. 139. Faces of politicians

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Företagandets villkor, Förtroende, Henrik Jordahl, Niclas Berggren, Panu Poutvaara, Val
Working Paper No. 139.
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Recent research has documented that competent-looking political candidates do better in U.S. elections and that babyfaced individuals are generally perceived to be less competent than maturefaced individuals. Taken together, this suggests that babyfaced political candidates are perceived as less competent and therefore fare worse in elections. We test this hypothesis, making use of photograph-based judgments by 2,772 respondents of the facial appearance of 1,785 Finnish political candidates. Our results confirm that babyfacedness is negatively related to inferred competence in politics. Despite this, babyfacedness is either unrelated or positively related to electoral success, depending on the sample of candidates.

Poutvaara, P., Jordahl, H. & Berggren, N. (2009). Faces of politicians: Babyfacedness predicts inferred competence but not electoral success. Ratio Working Paper No. 139.

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Working Paper No. 139. Faces of politicians
Working paperPublikation
Poutvaara, P., Jordahl, H. & Berggren, N.
Publiceringsår

2009

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Ratio Working Paper

Sammanfattning

Recent research has documented that competent-looking political candidates do better in U.S. elections and that babyfaced individuals are generally perceived to be less competent than maturefaced individuals. Taken together, this suggests that babyfaced political candidates are perceived as less competent and therefore fare worse in elections. We test this hypothesis, making use of photograph-based judgments by 2,772 respondents of the facial appearance of 1,785 Finnish political candidates. Our results confirm that babyfacedness is negatively related to inferred competence in politics. Despite this, babyfacedness is either unrelated or positively related to electoral success, depending on the sample of candidates.

Faces of Politicians: Babyfacedness Predicts Inferred Competence but Not Electoral Success
Article (with peer review)Publikation
Poutvaara, P., Jordahl, H. & Berggren, N.
Publiceringsår

2009

Sammanfattning

Recent research has documented that competent-looking political candidates do better in US elections and that babyfaced individuals are generally perceived to be less competent than maturefaced individuals. Taken together, this suggests that babyfaced political candidates are perceived as less competent and therefore fare worse in elections. We test this hypothesis, making use of photograph-based judgments by 2 772 respondents of the facial appearance of 1 785 Finnish political candidates. Our results confirm that babyfacedness is negatively related to inferred competence in politics. Despite this, babyfacedness is either unrelated or positively related to electoral success, depending on the sample of candidates.

Faces of Politicians: Babyfacedness Predicts Inferred Competence but Not Electoral Success
Artikel (med peer review)Publikation
Poutvaara, P., Jordahl, H. & Berggren, N.
Publiceringsår

2009

Sammanfattning

Recent research has documented that competent-looking political candidates do better in US elections and that babyfaced individuals are generally perceived to be less competent than maturefaced individuals. Taken together, this suggests that babyfaced political candidates are perceived as less competent and therefore fare worse in elections. We test this hypothesis, making use of photograph-based judgments by 2 772 respondents of the facial appearance of 1 785 Finnish political candidates. Our results confirm that babyfacedness is negatively related to inferred competence in politics. Despite this, babyfacedness is either unrelated or positively related to electoral success, depending on the sample of candidates.

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