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Rynes Comments on Study Showing Height-Pay Correlation

A new University of Florida study concludes that short people may be shortchanged in salary, status and respect when compared to taller counterparts. "Height matters for career success," said Timothy Judge, a UF management professor whose research is scheduled to be published in the spring issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology. Judge and Daniel Cable, a business professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill, analyzed the results of three studies in the United States and one in Great Britain which followed thousands of participants from childhood to adulthood, examining details of their work and personal lives. Judge's study found a direct correlation between height and earnings. Every inch of height amounted to about $789 more a year in pay. SARA RYNES, a professor in the department of management and organizations at the University of Iowa, said the research raises some interesting issues, including the decision by an increasing number of parents to give their children growth hormones. "The bias that Drs. Judge and Cable observe seems very difficult to eradicate," she said. The Ledger is based in Lakeland, Fla. Versions of the story also ran Oct. 17 on the websites of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER and the WILMINGTON MORNING STAR, both based in North Carolina, and in the CHICAGO TRIBUNE and BALTIMORE SUN.


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