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Height and Leadership

Erik Lindqvist ()

The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2012, vol. 94, issue 4, 1191-1196

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% of the unconditional height-wage premium. However, about half of the height-leadership correlation is due to a positive correlation between height and cognitive and noncognitive ability. © 2012 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Keywords: height; beauty; leadership; managerial positions; discrimination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J70 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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