Taller Euros

From a new voxEU paper, average height of male Europeans by country birth-cohort over time:

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Comments

  1. Selection for height by women no doubt plays a role. Studies seem to suggest that most women will prefer a 6'2'' fat, bald, unemployed homeless man over a 5'5'' surgeon of world renown. Ok, a stretch.

    But some studies suggest that there is truth to that idea. http://www.mendeley.com/research/height-reproduct

    Methinks back when life was nasty, brutish and short, tall men had the advantage of greater attractiveness but the problem of increased calorie needs in a food-limited world. In the modern world (at least until the next financial crisis), the calorie problem faced by taller men is removed.