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Tall men marry earlier but are more likely to cheat and divorce. Short men are more likely to stay married, according to new research that indicates it's the height of ignorance to discount personal stature as a factor in several aspects of one's life.
The New York University sociologists who wrote a working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research told Quartz that it amounts to a "height-based status exchange." Writers Abigail Weitzman and Dalton Conley noted that short men have less-desirable physical status but make up for it with better proportional earning power.
To gather data, they looked to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, which has followed the same 4,500 American families (adding study subjects as those families grew) since 1968.
The researchers categorized men as short if they are below 5-foot-7 and tall if they are at least 6-foot-2. They noted that short men are 1,450 percent more likely to marry someone who is taller than an average-height man.
As you climb through the height data, though, it gets a bit more complicated. Writes Emily Morgan for Headlines and Global News: "These height-challenged men do pick much younger women, who may not possess the intelligence level a taller man looks for in a potential spouse. To make up for their shortness, these men make more money when in a relationship and are 24 percent less likely to earn less than their spouse."
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