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

39 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2001  

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)

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Date Written: November 2001

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.

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=293122 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.293122

Nicola G. Persico

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