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The Tall and the Short of the Returns to Height

Michael Baker, Kirsten Cornelson

NBER Working Paper No. 26325
Issued in September 2019, Revised in May 2020
NBER Program(s):Children, Labor Studies

We present evidence of height profiles which are common to socioeconomic outcomes ranging from childhood cognitive scores to adult poverty in the US. For males there is little to no variation with height above the mean, but substantive variation below. For females there is also greater variation below mean height, but also in the upper 10 percent of heights. Birthweight and parental height have independent, mediating impacts on the variation of age 7 cognitive scores with adult height. However, the majority of the significant variation of male scores at heights below the mean remains a topic for future research.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w26325

 
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