Height and reproductive success

  title={Height and reproductive success},
  author={Rebecca Sear},
  journal={Human Nature},
  • R. Sear
  • Published 12 June 2006
  • Economics
  • Human Nature
In Western societies, height is positively correlated with reproductive success (RS) for men but negatively correlated with RS for women. These relationships have been attributed to sexual selection: women prefer tall men, and men prefer short women. It is this success in the marriage market which leads to higher RS for tall men and short women. We have already shown that the relationship between height and RS for women is quite different in a non-Western context. In a subsistence farming… 

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