Tall people earn more than shorties. This new paper (pdf) estimates that, in the UK, an extra inch of height is associated with 1.5% higher earnings, for both men and women. This means that, for men in their 30s and 40s, the pay-off to 6 inches more height is equivalent to around a third of a university degree (pdf).
Why? A big part of the answer is that tall people tend to be better nourished as children (or even in the womb), and this is associated with being smarter.
But this might not be the whole story. The authors estimate that, controlling for education only reduces the height premium by half for men (and two-thirds for women). Something else is happening.
That something, say the authors, is that tall people are more likely to work in high-skill occupations and industries, even with the same education as shorties.
My question - which the paper doesn't address - is: why?
One possibility is that employers taste-discriminate towards the tall. Another is that tall people - specially men - have more self-confidence and so are more likely to blag their way into good jobs. Or it could be that tall people have valuable skills not measured by formal academic qualifications; they are wittier, better-looking, more charming and - yes Megan - better in bed.
I favour the third theory. I'm 6'2".