English, Article, Journal or magazine article edition: Size Matters! Body Height and Labor Market Discrimination: A Cross-European Analysis Francesco Cinnirella; Joachim Winter

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  • Size Matters! Body Height and Labor Market Discrimination: A Cross-European Analysis
Author
  • Francesco Cinnirella
  • Joachim Winter
Physical Description
  • preprint
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  • Taller workers earn on average higher salaries. Recent research has proposed cognitive abilities and social skills as explanations for the height-wage premium. Another possible mechanism, employer discrimination, has found little support. In this paper, we provide some evidence in favor of the discrimination hypothesis. Using a cross section of 13 countries, we show that there is a consistent height-wage premium across Europe and that it is largely due to occupational sorting. We show that height has a significant effect for the occupational sorting of employed workers but not for the self-employed. We interpret this result as evidence of employer discrimination in favor of taller workers. Our results are consistent with the theoretical predictions of recent models on statistical discrimination and employer learning.
  • height, wage premium, discrimination, cognitive functions, occupational sorting
  • RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2733
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  • English
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