"Taller workers earn on average higher salaries. Recent research has
proposed cognitive abilities and social skills as explanations for the
height-wage premium. Another possible mechanism, employer
discrimination, has found little support. In this paper, we provide some
evidence in favor of the discrimination hypothesis. Using a cross
section of 13 countries, we show that there is a consistent height-wage
premium across Europe and that it is largely due to occupational
sorting. We show that height has a significant effect for the
occupational sorting of employed workers but not for the self-employed.
We interpret this result as evidence of employer discrimination in favor
of taller workers. Our results are consistent with the theoretical
predictions of recent models on statistical discrimination and employer
I've seen a few people claim tall workers
earn more due to superior intellect, confidence, or ambition.
Clearly, that makes no sense because self-employed short people are not
affected by the wage gap. Trying to link positive traits to height is
like doing the same for skin color. It's stupid.
More on height discrimination in business: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Height_discrimination#In_business