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The Effect of Adolescent Experience on Labor Market Outcomes: The Case of Height


Nicola G. Persico


University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics

Andrew Postlewaite


University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics

Dan Silverman


University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Economics Department; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

November 2001

PIER Working Paper No. 01-050

Abstract:     
Taller workers receive a wage premium, and the disparity in wages is similar in magnitude to the race and gender gaps. We exploit the variation in an individual's height over time to explore the way in which height affects wages. Specifically, we show that for white males, the effect of adult height is essentially eliminated when adolescent height is taken into account. We take this as evidence that adolescent height has important economic implications long after the time that it is observable to others, and we explore the channels through which the effects might be manifested.

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Date posted: December 5, 2001  

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Persico, Nicola G. and Postlewaite, Andrew and Silverman, Dan, The Effect of Adolescent Experience on Labor Market Outcomes: The Case of Height (November 2001). PIER Working Paper No. 01-050. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=293122 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.293122

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Nicola G. Persico
University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics ( email )
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