The Economics Of Height

May 21, 2015 in Daily Bulletin

Joe Pinsker looked at the benefits of being tall:

  • Every inch of height is, on average, worth an extra $800 a year in earnings.
  • Compounded over a 30 year career, that’s several hundreds of thousands of dollars that people will enjoy just for being tall.
  • Some inches matter more than others. The sharpest jump in earnings is for those between the heights of 5’4″ and 5’6″.
  • By the time you reach the six footers, additional inches don’t mean much for earnings.
  • It’s not just about the money though – its status. Bishops tend to be taller than preachers.
  • Taller people are also more likely to be entrepreneurs, and are more satisfied with life.

Read more about why height may lead to extra dollars, how attractiveness affects earnings, and more over here.

Source: The Atlantic