Tall people are happy

Here is the abstract to a new paper by Angus Deaton and Raksha Arora.

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index daily poll of the US population, taller people live better lives, at least on average. They evaluate their lives more favorably, and they are more likely to report a range of positive emotions such as enjoyment and happiness. They are also less likely to report a range of negative experiences, like sadness, and physical pain, though they are more likely to experience stress and anger, and if they are women, to worry. These findings cannot be attributed to different demographic or ethnic characteristics of taller people, but are almost entirely explained by the positive association between height and both income and education, both of which are positively linked to better lives.

 Now if I were in favor of redistribution


Perhaps in general, but we're miserable on airplanes.

Height is also correlated with intelligence as measured by IQ. The correlation is sometimes cited to explain the gender IQ gap, where controlling for height, no appreciable gap is seen.

Short people should have lower tax rates.

If the redestributive route is rejected, there's always the Procrustian approach as an alternative.

All these happiness studies make me so depressed.

Tall people do in fact have some things better, but there are negatives, too. I love being a tall person and wouldn't change it for the world. But I do realize that it isn't always easy. I wonder what it would be like to be a normal sized person for a day...

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