Study: People With Short Names Earn More

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Thu, May 9th, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Vickie Elmer of Quartz magazine, reports on the findings of a study by The Ladders, a job matching site, which states that "every extra letter in a person’s first name may reduce her annual salary by $3,600."

“I don’t think you can pick a name to get more money, but you can pick a name to get less money,” he said. Unusual names such as Apple or Moonbeam and names that sound African American such as Tyronne, Jamal and Latoya were not viewed as positively in the Marquette professors research compared to more common names like John and Susan.

In 2011, LinkedIn reported that American CEOs do often have short names, or nicknames like Peter, Jack or Tony. Elsewhere longer names landed the power position and paychecks: in Europe Wolfgang, Xavier and Charles were among top CEO names and Roberto and Rajiv made the final decisions in Brazil and India. TheLadders’ research is based on US members, though many of them come from all over the world, a spokeswoman said.

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