As a tall person, I wholeheartedly endorse the findings in this study.
“As early as age three — before schooling has had a chance to play a role — and throughout childhood, taller children perform significantly better on cognitive tests,” wrote Anne Case and Christina Paxson of Princeton University in a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Oh man, I have some short friends who would loooove to hear about this.
“As adults, taller individuals are more likely to select into higher paying occupations that require more advanced verbal and numerical skills and greater intelligence, for which they earn handsome returns,” wrote the researchers.
For both men and women in the United States and the United Kingdom, a height advantage of four inches equated with a 10 percent increase in wages.
But the researchers said the differences in performance crop up long before the tall people enter the job force. Prenatal care and the time between birth and the age of 3 are critical periods for determining future cognitive ability and height.
Since I’m 6′ 3″ I should ask for a raise! Of course, 4 inches is a lot of height for a 10% increase in salary. Man, if that’s the case, I wish I was 7′ 3″! Hahaha! Kidding of course; I know a guy who’s over 7 feet tall, and it doesn’t seem like that much fun. Sure, he has no problem seeing the stage at concerts, but anybody behind him is probably plotting his literal downfall.
It’s a short person’s world out there. I have to duck a lot. When I was looking for houses I had to pass on a couple simply because the top floor was only 6 feet high, leaving me a few inches too tall to stand up straight. Many of the houses I looked at were over 100 years old, which may have something to do with it. People must’ve been midgets back then! Well, as the study makes clear, a lot of my height advantage has to do with good nutrition, especially during the first 3 years.
You can find the full paper here.