Friday, October 17, 2003

Height and Income

According to a story in Yahoo News, tall people earn more:
Tall people earn considerably more money throughout their lives than their shorter co-workers, with each inch adding about $789 a year in pay, according to a new study.

"Height matters for career success," said Timothy Judge, a University of Florida management professor whose research will appear in the spring issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology.

"These findings are troubling in that, with a few exceptions such as professional basketball, no one could argue that height is an essential ability required for job performance nor a bona fide occupational qualification."
As someone who is 6 foot 4 inches tall, I should be happy over this. But I'd rather the employment market not be affected by irrational characteristics like this.


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