Sure, we've heard that tall men make more money, rise to power more quickly, and are more likely to get hired.

Finally, some good news for those not endowed with height: While tall men do tend to marry more quickly, short men stay married longer, the study shows.

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Overall, though, the authors conclude that a "height hierarchy" endures. While previous research shows that short men earn less than tall men, short men tend to earn more than their spouse. They also tend to be better educated than their partners, suggesting that they are compensating for their stature in other areas.

"This further confirms an existence of height-based status exchange in which short men compensate for their lower physical status with higher proportional earnings, while tall men appear more likely to use their status to attract women with higher relative earnings," the authors wrote.

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Also, while society has become more accepting of all types of couples and marriages, social norms have not changed much over the last three decades when it comes to height and relationships, noted the authors, who used two different cohorts from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to reach their conclusions.

If that's not enough to convince you of the benefits of being short, just watch a 6-foot-5 man try to squeeze into an airline seat.