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article imageDo Taller Australian Men Earn More Money?

By M Dee Dubroff     May 17, 2009 in Lifestyle
That old axiom about clothes making the man may well be replaced with the word height, at least according to some Australian researchers. Read the elevating results of this rather odd study and stand tall, no matter how many meters you may measure.
According to news sources, a recent study conducted by economists at the Australian National University concluded that the state of tallness can make a difference to a man’s average earnings. Five centimeters of extra height is worth, give or take, $712 US dollars (Australian $950) in additional annual earnings!
Being overweight appeared to have no bearing on this study. The average man surveyed was five feet, ten inches tall, but the data indicated that if the man in question was six feet tall, he could expect to earn 1.5 % more. According to economist, Andrew Leigh:
“Using data from a nationally representative sample of Australian adults, we found that taller people earn more, with the effect being strongest for men. This result holds constant across a number of other factors that also affect wages, such as age, race, family background, experience, and education. However, we found that the effect of height on women's wages was smaller than for men, and not statistically significant.”
All over the world, on every Main Street in every town, people have just one question:
Why did they do this study?
What is next for God’s sake?
Perhaps the affects of hangnails and/or lint particles on human work performance?
Whatever happened to those really noble causes like AIDS and cancer research?
What do YOU think about this?
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