It pays to be a bold head new study shows

Man with shaved head 
By: John Roberts 

If you want to land a top paying job it can be as easy as just shaving your head, according to a new study.

Men with shaved heads are perceived as more masculine, dominant and in some cases, to have greater leadership potential than those with lots of hair or thinning hair, according to a recent study by the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

That could explain why the bald heads have become popular among business leaders in recent years. The venture capitalist and Netscape founder Marc Andreessen, 41, DreamWorks Animation SKG CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, 61, and Inc. CEO Jeffrey Bezos, 48, all sport the shaved head look.

Wharton management professor Albert Mannes conducted three experiments to test people's perception of men with shaved heads. In one experiment, 344 subjects were showed photos of the same men in two versions: one that showed a man with his hair and the other showing him with his hair removed, showing a bald head.

In all three trials, subjects reported finding men with shaved heads as more dominant than those with hair. In one test, men with shaved heads were even perceived as an inch taller and stronger.

The study found that men with thinning hair were seen as the least attractive and powerful group,

The finding tracks other studies showing that people perceive men with typical male pattern baldness, which affects about 35 million Americans, as more powerful and less attractive. For men, the solution may be as simple and as inexpensive as a shave.

According to Wharton Dr. Mannes, who said he was inspired to conduct the research after noticing that people treated him with more respect after he shaved his head after his hair was thinning. He said that the look is associated with hyper masculine images such as military athletes, professionals and Hollywood action heroes like Bruce Willis.