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Height and Leadership
Abstract: 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.
Keywords: Height; Beauty; Leadership; Discrimination; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J24; J71; (follow links to similar papers)
16 pages, May 28, 2010
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Lindqvist, Erik, 'Height and Leadership', Review of Economics and Statistics.
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