Up in the Skies? The Relationship between Body Height and Earnings in Germany

24 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2005

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Guido Heineck

University of Bamberg; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: September 2004


This paper analyzes whether taller workers earn more than their shorter counterparts. Using GSOEP data from 1991 To 2002, earnings functions are estimated for mail and female workers for both West and East German regions. The Hausman-Taylor IV Estimator is applied to account for unobservable heterogeneity including also time-invariant indicators. The results do not imply wage differentials by height for female workers and male East German workers. For the height range up to 195cm, there, however, is a wage premium associated with stature for male workers from West Germany of about 4% for an additional standard deviation increment in height.

Keywords: Body height, earnings regressions, Hausman-Taylor IV estimator

JEL Classification: J31, J71, J10

Suggested Citation

Heineck, Guido, Up in the Skies? The Relationship between Body Height and Earnings in Germany (September 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=638461 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.638461

Guido Heineck (Contact Author)

University of Bamberg

Feldkirchenstr. 21
Bamberg, 96052

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072

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