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

Guido Heineck
2004 Social Science Research Network  
This paper analyzes whether taller workers earn more then their shorter counterparts. Using GSOEP data from 1991 to 2002, earnings functions are estimated separately for male and female workers in 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 suggest for an effect of height on the earnings of female workers and male East German workers. However, for the height
more » ... r, for the height range between 175cm and 195cm there is an earnings premium associated with stature for male workers from West Germany of about 4% for additional 10cm in height.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.638461 fatcat:qq26kdfdjzgs5e4nlcnlnewcby