Size matters! Body height and labor market discrimination : a cross-European analysis


Cinnirella, Francesco ; Winter, Joachim


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/2419
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-24190
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2009
The title of a journal, publication series: MEA Discussion Papers
Volume: 185
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > Sonstige - Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des MEA (Mannheim Research Institute For the Economics of Aging) > MEA Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: J71 J31 J24 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Körpergröße , Vergütung , Lohngleichheit
Keywords (English): Height , Wage Premium , Discrimination , Cognitive Functions , Occupational Sorting
Abstract: 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.
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Cinnirella, Francesco ; Winter, Joachim (2009) Size matters! Body height and labor market discrimination : a cross-European analysis. Open Access MEA Discussion Papers Mannheim 185 [Working paper]
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