A Note on Height and Surnames: The Role of Networks

18 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2013

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Wolter H.J. Hassink

Utrecht University - Department of General Social Sciences; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Bas van Leeuwen

Utrecht University, Humanities; Free University, Humanities; Warwick University, Department of Economics

Abstract

Many studies indicate that human height is determined largely by childhood circumstances, which in turn influences an adult's labor market opportunities. The aim of this note is to test this thesis by examining the correlation between childhood circumstances and labor market outcomes on the one hand, and heights on the other, when networks are included as proxied by surnames. The fact that, after the inclusion of this surname proxy, we find a correlation only between height and labor market outcomes suggests that, while childhood circumstances affect height largely via social status and networks as captured by surnames, the same does not apply for labor market outcomes.

Keywords: stature, networks, Indonesia

JEL Classification: J01, N35, Z13

Suggested Citation

Hassink, Wolter H.J. and van Leeuwen, Bas, A Note on Height and Surnames: The Role of Networks. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7433, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2283548 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2283548

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