Stature and status: Height, ability, and labor market outcomes.

TitleStature and status: Height, ability, and labor market outcomes.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsCase, A, Paxson, C
JournalJ Polit Econ
Volume116
Issue3
Pagination499-532
Date Published2008
ISSN Number0022-3808
Abstract

<p>The well-known association between height and earnings is often thought to reflect factors such as self esteem, social dominance, and discrimination. We offer a simpler explanation: height is positively associated with cognitive ability, which is rewarded in the labor market. Using data from the US and the UK, we show that taller children have higher average cognitive test scores, and that these test scores explain a large portion of the height premium in earnings. Children who have higher test scores also experience earlier adolescent growth spurts, so that height in adolescence serves as a marker of cognitive ability.</p>

URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/589524
DOI10.1086/589524
User Guide Notes

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19603086?dopt=Abstract

Endnote Keywords

Height/Cognitive ability/Personal income/Correlation analysis/Physical growth/Labor economics

Endnote ID

25330

Alternate JournalJ Polit Econ
Citation Key7287
PubMed ID19603086
PubMed Central IDPMC2709415
Grant ListR01 HD041141-05 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
P01 AG005842-22 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R24 HD047879 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R01 HD041141 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
P01 AG005842 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States