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Popular Kids Make More Money

First the cool lunch table, now this. It turns out the popular kids in high school may have an extra leg up on life. In a study released Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research contends that those in the top 20 percent of popularity translated their social skills into a 10 percent wage boost 40 years after graduation. Researchers based their definition of popularity on a 50-year examination of student connections called the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study and argue that those who learn to navigate interpersonal relationships have the tools to succeed in the workplace.

October 22, 2012 2:22 PM