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Why does height matter in hiring?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology. (Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6134-0058
Lunds universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6456-5735
2013 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Although previous research has established that physical height matters in hiring contexts, it is less clear through which channels height exerts its effect. The current research examines several potential components of the height premium: warmth, competence, job competency for a leadership position, physical health, and attractiveness. We made target individuals taller or shorter by digitally manipulating photographs, and attached these to job applications that were evaluated by real recruiters. The results show that in the context of hiring a project leader, the height premium consists of increased perceptions of the candidate's general competence, job competency, and health, whereas warmth and attractiveness seem to matter less.

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Linnéuniversitetet , 2013. , p. 12
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Working paper series / Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies ; 2013:14
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Psychology Economics
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Social Sciences, Psychology; Economy, Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-33036OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-33036DiVA: diva2:706155
Available from: 2014-03-19 Created: 2014-03-19 Last updated: 2016-11-18

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