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The greater reproductive success of taller men is attested to by studies indicating that taller men are more likely to be married and to have more children, except in societies with severe sex imbalances caused by war.Moreover, research on leg length and leg-to-body ratio conflicts with the notion that there is a distinct preference for taller mates.The automatic association between height and the aforementioned traits has also been found to be much stronger when it comes to assessing men than women.
The brain automatically associates physical size with leadership potential, power, strength and intelligence, a effect which has been discovered in infants as young as 10 months old.
Evolutionary psychologists theorise that this is due to height indicating that the individual had been better fed, indicating higher social status and thus resources available to them, as well as indicating general health and physical strength, the latter of which can be useful in asserting dominance.
In other words, the height and corresponding social experiences of taller male adolescent at age 16 would likely translate to higher wage in later adulthood as compared to shorter male adolescent.
As with all correlations, there may be other factors at work.
Economists Nicola Persico, Andrew Postlewaite and Dan Silverman explained the "height premium" and found that "a 1.8-percent increase in wages accompanies every additional inch of height".