Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Economics of Education Review

Volume

56

Publisher

Elsevier Ltd

Publication Date

2-1-2017

First Page

1

Last Page

8

DOI

10.1016/j.econedurev.2016.11.002

Abstract

This paper examines whether the height premium for academic outcomes is driven by unequal opportunities for tall individuals. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, this paper shows that taller individuals typically earn higher grades and attain more schooling, but the associations are not uniform across school size. Height is only associated with better outcomes for students attending large schools and these improvements are concentrated among males. Data suggest that height contributes more to sports participation and school satisfaction in large schools where resources are more scarce. Thus, differential opportunities or treatment across height in large schools may drive the performance differences.

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