Height, Health Human Capital And Quality Of Life Among Older Chinese
The authors find that taller people enjoy a higher quality of life at older ages in China. Implications are drawn for investment in health human capital in infancy and adolescence. Several studies have documented the existence of a wage-height premium (see e.g. Schultz, 2002). Case and Paxson (2008) found that the advantages of being taller follow people into old age and that for a sample of people aged 50 and above in the United States, taller people have better health along a variety of dimensions. There are several reasons why height might be associated with better health at old age (Case & Paxson, 2008). Adult height is a proxy for a healthy environment in childhood, which affects cognitive development.