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Frieder Kropfhäußer
''A fresh look at the labor market height premium in Germany''
( 2016, Vol. 36 No.3 )
I use data from the German Socioeconomic Panel Study (SOEP) to analyze the relationship between height and wages in a sample of young German workers. My results show that the crude height wage premium documented in the literature is explained by unobserved heterogeneity on the sibling level. This contradicts the findings of a labor market height premium in Germany using OLS and Hausman-Taylor estimators as well as the Swedish finding of a height effect remaining after controlling for sibling fixed effects.
Keywords: Height, Wages, Labor markets, German Socioeconomic Panel
JEL: I1 - Health: General
J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs: General
Manuscript Received : May 18 2016 Manuscript Accepted : Jul 17 2016

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