What is it about?

The article talks about how taller people tend to earn more money, even in office jobs where height doesn't seem to matter. Some people think this might be because shorter people are treated unfairly, while others think it's just because taller people tend to have other skills that are useful at work. The article looks at how this works in China's job market and uses genetic information to investigate the relationship between height and pay. It finds that height does play a part in how much people get paid, but it's not the only thing that matters. The article suggests that this information could help make work better for everyone.

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Why is it important?

The study is important because it looks at whether there is a connection between how tall someone is and how much money they earn in urban China. We found that other factors like genetics, risk attitude, and depression may have been the real reasons why taller people seemed to earn more in previous studies. These findings are important because they suggest that discrimination in the workplace based on height may not be a big problem, which could affect how policymakers make decisions.


This study presents the first Mendelian Randomization analysis of the height premium puzzle using data from China. Our aim is to identify the true mechanism underlying the relationship between height and income. We hope that our findings will provide valuable insights into this complex issue.

Chen Zhu
China Agricultural University

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This page is a summary of: What is creating the height premium? New evidence from a Mendelian randomization analysis in China, PLoS ONE, April 2020, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0230555.
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