Bockerman, Petri and Vainiomäki, Jari (2012): Stature and life-time labor market outcomes: Accounting for unobserved differences.
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We use twin data matched to register-based individual information on earnings and employment to examine the effect of height on life-time labor market outcomes. The use of twin data allows us to remove otherwise unobserved ability and other differences. The twin pair difference estimates from instrumental variables estimation for genetically identical twins reveal a significant height-wage premium for women but not for men. This result implies that cognitive ability explains the effect of height on life-time earnings for men. Additional findings using capital income as the outcome variable suggest that discrimination against short persons may play a role for women.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Stature and life-time labor market outcomes: Accounting for unobserved differences|
|Keywords:||Height; Weight; BMI; Height premium; Earnings; Employment|
|Subjects:||J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J31 - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor > J23 - Labor Demand
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I10 - General
|Depositing User:||Petri Böckerman|
|Date Deposited:||27. Oct 2012 14:59|
|Last Modified:||23. Feb 2013 01:15|
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