“An Economist’s Special Pleading: Affirmative Action for the Ugly,” A Footnote

My post of August 30, 2011, “An Economist’s Special Pleading: Affirmative Action for the Ugly,” opens with this:

It’s hard to tell whether economist Dan Hamermesh is pulling our collective leg, or if he’s serious. In either event, here’s a portion of his proposal to instigate affirmative action for the uglies among us (“Ugly? You May Have a Case,” The New York Times, August 27, 2011).

Hamermesh has garnered some publicity for his cause through an appearance on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show (clip available here).  Hamermesh joins with good humor in the lampooning of his thesis — and his less-than-matinee-idol looks — but he might have done so for the publicity. Whatever the case, enjoy the video clip, read my post of August 30, read Hamermesh’s NYT article, and decide for yourself.