It is because they are all neck bearded sexists see http://thesocietypages.org/ssn/2015/05/12/beards-and-modern-politicians/?utm_source=TSP%20Friday%20Roundup&utm_campaign=56b38d3690-RU0512155_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fd1b4ace98-56b38d3690-119290297
Now now, Peter. I think you are suffering from small sample bias. I mean, most of the economists you hang out with are a bunch of bearded hippie radicals. The regular types are no more likely to be bearded than most other folks, :-).
Peter--Do *you* have a beard?
I see (via google) that you *do* have a beard.
But there have been periods when he has not had one, just to complicate things, :-).
It's not the beard. It's the color-changing necktie....
There are six male professors in my department, and I am one of only two without beards. (Admittedly, one of the beards comes and goes.)
I know this may come as a surprise, but I don't think economists tend to be movie star material so a little cover might be justified.
I started wearing a beard because I had a baby face back in my early 20s. Then it became a sort of countercultural accoutrement. Eventually I just didn't want to do all that shaving.
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