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… Read More