Thursday, July 16, 2009

Interesting - taller people earn more money

Study shows Taller People Earn More Money reports:

Taller men are able to earn more money than their shorter counterparts simply because taller people are perceived to be more intelligent and powerful, this according to a study published in The Economic Record by Wiley-Blackwell.
The study entitled “Does Size Matter in Australia?” uses newly available data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey to estimate the relationship between hourly wages and two aspects of body size: height and BMI.
It finds that taller people, particularly men, earn more money - with every five centimetres of height being worth about $950 per annum.


When I was growing up children were often told to "Eat your vegetables so you'll grow up big and strong." Maybe now we should be telling them: "Eat your vegetables so you'll grow up and earn more money."

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Unknown said...

That must be an Australian thing. My husband is 6'7" and, although is knowledgeable, experienced and talented in his field, it seems there are a lot of people in the same business, known for their incompetence who make twice as much! If we moved to Australia, I wonder if we could become millionaires? ;)

Interesting idea, though!

silvermine said...

Yep. I'm 5'3" and did pretty well when I worked, and my husband is 6'5" and, um, is less likely to be paid his worth.

Of course, data is not the plural of anecdote. :D

gary said...

This may be why platform shoes were so popular in Australia during the Bee Gees era.

Crimson Wife said...

I wonder if part of it is self-confidence. We've got a number of friends from my DH's grad school who are ex-fighter pilots. They're all on the shorter side but cocky as all getup. And all have been more successful than average for his classmates.

free credit repair said...

thanks for sharing, very interesting post =) I'm 5'5" is that enough for a girls height like me? I did well everything and also i love wearing flat shoes because I'm already tall and not comfortable of wearing high heels it is because i don't wanted to feel so tall anymore =)

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