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Does physical capacity explain the height premium?

Petri Böckerman (), Edvard Johansson (), Urpo Kiiskinen and Markku Heliövaara

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Abstract: The paper examines the role of physical capacity in the determination of the height premium by using the “Health 2000 in Finland” data that contain both self-reported information on the physical strenuousness of work, and information on muscle mass from medical examinations. Our results show that the height premium does not vary according to the physical strenuousness of work. We also find that muscle mass is not related to wages. Furthermore, we observe that the shortest men do physically very demanding work and the tallest do sedentary work, even after controlling for the effects of age and education.

Keywords: Height; Height premium; Body composition; Wages (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J31 J23 I10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-01-19
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