2012

Height and Leadership

Reprint No. 2012:49

Author(s): Erik LindqvistYear: 2012 Title: Review of Economics and Statistics Volume (No.): 94 (4) Pages: 1191–1196
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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.
 


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Lindqvist, Erik (2012), "Height and Leadership". Review of Economics and Statistics 94(4), 1191–1196.

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