Wednesday, May 20, 2009
From the Archive -- Why Height Matters
Well, it turns out one's current height doesn't appear to generate these returns. Economists Nicola Persico, Andy Postlewaite, and Dan Silverman show that it is not height today that generates higher incomes, but rather height at age 16. Boys who were tall at 16 earn more money, but boys who were short at 16 but tall at 33 don't. This suggests that height itself does not matter. Rather, adolescent experiences differ for those who are tall and these different experiences generate self-esteem, confidence, or some set of skills that are valuable in the labor market.
Steven Landsburg provides a one page summary of the paper here.
I guess I'd like to see a similar study of 100 individuals rated on success and attractiveness every year from adolescence to adulthood to see how the two are correlated.
My basic reasoning is; the little man's syndrome. I know plenty of short people that are blatantly confident. Although, little man's syndrome could also be viewed as self-conscienceness, thus, low confidence...the debate continues.
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