Do looks impact one's economic opportunities? University of Texas-Austin Professor Daniel Hamermesh says they do, and argues there should be a protective class for ugly people.

In his new book, "Beauty Pays," Hamermesh argues that ugly people earn less money, marry those with lower salaries and have trouble getting loans, so helping them is "at least as justifiable as many of the groups we now protect." But if this idea clears the legal threshold, who determines those that are eligible?

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