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Height and Leadership

Erik Lindqvist ()

No 835, Working Paper Series from Research Institute of Industrial Economics

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 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 16 pages
Date: 2010-05-28
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Forthcoming as Lindqvist, Erik, 'Height and Leadership' in Review of Economics and Statistics.

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