Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/127105
Authors: 
Yamamura, Eiji
Smyth, Russell
Zhang, Yan
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Discussion Paper, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University 929
Abstract: 
It is well known that height is positively associated with earnings. Based on individual level data, this paper investigates the channels through which height influences income in China. Our first key finding is that taller people are more likely to become members of the Communist Party, resulting in an increase in their income level. We label this the height premium in earnings through the political channel. Second, controlling for the political channel of the height premium, height is positively associated with income in the labor market. We label this the height premium through the market channel. Third, the height premium in earnings through the market channel is larger than that through the political channel.
Subjects: 
Labor market
China
Height
Communist membership
JEL: 
J08
J24
P26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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