The Role of Pre-Market Skills in Explaining the Height Premium in Earnings
2012 (English)Report (Other academic)
This study attempts to improve our understanding of the height premium by using large-scale register data on 450,000 Swedish males who underwent mandatory military enlistment at age 18. With detailed data on cognitive skills and non-cognitive skills, as well as adult earnings, we show that each type of skill explain similar fractions of the height premium. This result holds when exploiting within-family variation in height and skills among 150,000 siblings. We also estimate models with centimeter fixed effects and find that the remaining height premium mainly originates from very short people having low earnings.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linnéuniversitetet , 2012. , 24 p.
Working paper series / Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies, 2012:12
Research subject Economy, Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-31026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-31026DiVA: diva2:676817