Posted by: Doug Henwood | January 19, 2011

Tough, Shorty

Economics proves that tall people deserve more:

Andreas Schick, Richard H. Steckel
NBER Working Paper No. 16570
Issued in December 2010

Taller workers receive a substantial wage premium. Studies extending back to the middle of the last century attribute the premium to non-cognitive abilities, which are associated with stature and rewarded in the labor market. More recent research argues that cognitive abilities explain the stature-wage relationship. This paper reconciles the competing views by recognizing that net nutrition, a major determinant of adult height, is integral to our cognitive and non-cognitive development. Using data from Britain’s National Childhood Development Study (NCDS), we show that taller children have higher average cognitive and non-cognitive test scores, and that each aptitude accounts for a substantial and roughly equal portion of the stature premium. Together these abilities explain why taller people have higher wages.

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  1. You mean if Mayor Bloomberg were taller, he’d be even richer? What a pleasant thought.

  2. can you provide more? the link requires a username/password*.

  3. The article is here: http://ideas.repec.org/p/nbr/nberwo/16570.html

    Over at The Atlantic they point out this article and add another about women-with-children: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/01/tall-men-make-more-money-women-with-children-make-less/69760/

    Now you can see why I stopped halfway through my economics master’s program…

  4. Yes, and blondes make 8% more than median. Proving, something.


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