[LINK] The IT Olympics
Tue, 03 Oct 2000 05:06:30 +1100
Just to advise you that some people find your derogatory use of
terms for short people offensive, and not very useful.
I would in fact argue that the over-representation by tall people
in leadership positions in our society, often regardless of
ability, is a major problem. As examples:
Gough Whitlam: tall, doubled unemployment rate
Malcolm Fraser: tall, doubled unemployment rate
Bob Hawke: short, reduced unemployment rate
John Howard: average, reduced unemployment rate (yes, Howard is
taller than Hawke)
I also note that Richard Alston is tall and wonder where he would
be were he short, and would we all be better off.
Why tall people tend to rise further in organisations is not
known. A study of Harvard MBA graduates showed major differences
in salary based on height for MBA graduates after controlling for
grades etc. Perhaps there is some psychology involved but noone
knows for sure.
As an aside, the bias in favour of tall people may also explain
the remaining very slight sifference between men's and women's
earnings that is left after controlling for qualifications and