Height and Leadership
AbstractThis 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 835.
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.
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Height; Beauty; Leadership; Discrimination;
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- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-06-11 (All new papers)
- NEP-LAB-2010-06-11 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-NEU-2010-06-11 (Neuroeconomics)
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"Stature and life-time labor market outcomes: Accounting for unobserved differences,"
42220, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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