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The Blonde Effect is Golden

One way to increase your earning power is to get more education. Here's another: Dye your hair blonde.

A recent HBR.org newsletter factoid points to a Queensland University of Technology study showing that blondes earn 7% more than brunettes. This effect "is as large as the wage boost from an additional year of education," according to a study of 13,000 caucasian women.

This blonde effect has coattails. "The men they marry earn an average of 6% more than husbands of women with other hair colors," according to the research authored by David W. Johnston.

This data courtesy The Daily Stat newsletter from Harvard Business Review.

(Golden blonde image by LadyDragonflyCC, CC 2.0)

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