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August 28, 2006

How Tall are You?


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It has long been recognized that taller adults hold jobs of higher status and, on average, earn more than other workers. A large number of hypotheses have been put forward to explain the association between height and earnings. In developed countries, researchers have emphasized factors such as self esteem, social dominance, and discrimination. In this paper, we offer a simpler explanation: On average, taller people earn more because they are smarter. As early as age 3 - before schooling has had a chance to play a role - and throughout childhood, taller children perform significantly better on cognitive tests. The correlation between height in childhood and adulthood is approximately 0.7 for both men and women, so that tall children are much more likely to become tall adults. As adults, taller individuals are more likely to select into higher paying occupations that require more advanced verbal and numerical skills and greater intelligence, for which they earn handsome returns. Using four data sets from the US and the UK, we find that the height premium in adult earnings can be explained by childhood scores on cognitive tests. Furthermore, we show that taller adults select into occupations that have higher cognitive skill requirements and lower physical skill demands.

Posted by Jeff at August 28, 2006 08:59 AM


I'd read something like this before; interesting. Nice post. The part on CT's for kids particularly interests me.

ps you might want to change the tone of "if you don't care enough about...own domain". reads a bit harsh...erm...I forgot, it's YOU, Jeff. Nah. Leave it as it is! Lol.

Posted by: kenny at September 2, 2006 12:56 PM

Where did you get that info from??? I'm short. And that's harsh!!!!

Posted by: Aby at November 28, 2006 05:25 PM

My boss is short and can't get promoted. Now I now why. :)

Posted by: James A. Harrison II at February 25, 2007 02:41 PM

Yay for me, I'm 6 foot tall...scary tall for a girl.

Posted by: Ali at March 21, 2007 05:54 PM

well i am really short i am 25 and only 5 foot 5 my wife is 5 foot 10 scary

Posted by: jhon at May 3, 2007 07:09 PM

Tell that to the Japanese Business man ..

Posted by: Adam Klone at June 21, 2007 07:58 AM

how long is a Chameleon

Posted by: Kiera at February 7, 2008 04:09 PM

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