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

Posted: 3 Sep 2004

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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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Abstract

Taller workers receive a wage premium. Net of differences in family background, the disparity is similar in magnitude to the race and gender gaps. We exploit variation in an individual's height over time to explore how height affects wages. Controlling for teen height essentially eliminates the effect of adult height on wages for white men. The teen height premium is not explained by differences in resources or endowments. The teen height premium is partially mediated through participation in high school sports and clubs. We estimate the monetary benefits of a medical treatment for children that increases height.

Suggested Citation

Persico, Nicola G. and Postlewaite, Andrew and Silverman, Dan, The Effect of Adolescent Experience on Labor Market Outcomes: The Case of Height. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 112, pp. 1019-1053, October 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=585767

Nicola G. Persico

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics ( email )

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