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Height and Leadership

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  • Lindqvist, Erik

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    (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 percent of the unconditional height wage premium. However, at least half of the height-leadership correlation is due to a positive correlation between height and cognitive and noncognitive ability.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 835.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 28 May 2010
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Publication status: Forthcoming as Lindqvist, Erik, 'Height and Leadership' in Review of Economics and Statistics.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0835

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  1. Grönqvist, Erik & Vlachos, Jonas, 2008. "One Size Fits All? The Effects of Teacher Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Abilities on Student Achievement," CEPR Discussion Papers 7086, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Böckerman, Petri & Johansson, Edvard & Kiiskinen, Urpo & Heliövaara, Markku, 2010. "Does physical capacity explain the height premium?," MPRA Paper 20108, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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  1. Are Tell Men Leaders Because of Height Bias or Intelligence?
    by Ariel Goldring in Free Market Mojo on 2010-06-16 13:39:51
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  1. Böckerman, Petri & Vainiomäki, Jari, 2013. "Stature and life-time labor market outcomes: Accounting for unobserved differences," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 86-96.
  2. Böckerman, Petri & Johansson, Edvard & Kiiskinen, Urpo & Heliövaara, Markku, 2010. "The relationship between physical work and the height premium: Finnish evidence," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 8(3), pages 414-420, December.

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