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Study: Popular kids in high school earn more as adults

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in Compensation and Benefits,Human Resources

Popularity pays in the form of a fatter paycheck, according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The 50-year study of Wisconsin residents says people in the top one-fifth of popularity during their high school years garner a 10% wage premium compared to those in the bottom fifth.

Reasoning: Popular teens have simply figured out earlier how to play the social-skills game that will help them succeed in the workplace.

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