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The Effect of Adolescent Experience on Labor Market Outcomes: The Case of Height, Third Version

  • Nicola Persico

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Andrew Postlewaite

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Dan Silverman

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    (Department of Economics, University of Michigan)

Taller workers receive a wage premium. Net of differences in family background, the disparity is similar in magnitude to the race and gender gaps. We exploit variation in an individual’s height over time to explore how height affects wages. Controlling for teen height essentially eliminates the effect of adult height on wages for white males. The teen height premium is not explained by differences in resources or endowments. The teen height premium is partly mediated through participation in high school sports and clubs. We estimate the monetary benefits of a medical treatment for children that increases height.

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Paper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 04-013.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 05 Dec 2001
Date of revision: 05 Jan 2004
Handle: RePEc:pen:papers:04-013
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