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This cultural characteristic, while applicable to the modernized world, is not a transcendental human quality.
Quantitative studies of woman-for-men personal advertisements have shown strong preference for tall men, with a large percentage indicating that a man significantly below average height was unacceptable.
It showed that increase in height for men corresponds to increase in income after controlling for other social psychological variables like age and weight.
Economists Nicola Persico, Andrew Postlewaite and Dan Silverman explained the "height premium" and found that "a 1.8-percent increase in wages accompanies every additional inch of height".
Recent findings suggest that height discrimination occurs most often against racial minorities.
A 2007 study found that African-Americans reported higher weight and height related discrimination.
Height discrimination is most common against shorter than average men and is generally accepted and ignored.
The report, produced by Dutch and Spanish researchers, stated that because average height women tend to be the most fertile and healthy, they would be less likely to feel threatened by women with those similar features.
However, this correlation, though statistically significant, is generally weak and does not imply that variations in stature have a direct effect on cognitive ability.
Though significant correlations have been found in early and late childhood in both developed and developing countries, in adults, changes in environment and social status reduce the strength of this correlation.
They also found that men's wages as adults could be linked to their height at age 16.
The researchers found that on an average an increase in height by one inch at age 16 increased male adult wages by 2.6 percent.
Nonetheless, research by Dan Ariely found that American women exhibit a marked preference for dating taller men, and that for shorter men to be judged attractive by women, they must earn substantially more money than taller men.