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  • Erik Lindqvist

    (Stockholm School of Economics and Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

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    This paper studies the relationship between height and leadership. Using data from a representative sample of Swedish men, I document that tall men are significantly more likely to attain managerial positions. An increase in height by 10 centimeters (3.94 inches) is associated with a 2.2 percentage point increase in the probability of holding a managerial position. Selection into managerial positions explains about 15% of the unconditional height-wage premium. However, about half of the height-leadership correlation is due to a positive correlation between height and cognitive and noncognitive ability. © 2012 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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    Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Review of Economics and Statistics.

    Volume (Year): 94 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 (November)
    Pages: 1191-1196

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    Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:94:y:2012:i:4:p:1191-1196

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    Keywords: height; beauty; leadership; managerial positions; discrimination;

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