Labour market, obesity and public policy considerations
AbstractThis paper attempts to investigate the relation among wages, unemployment, obesity and to identify public policies to address the problem of over-weightness. To this purpose, a simple search and matching model of labour market is developed. Our framework tries to capture the relationship between obesity and employment/unemployment by assuming that the fraction of obese workers is a function of the ratio of vacant jobs to unemployment (labour market tightness). We argue that if obesity is positively related with employment, then socially optimality dictates the imposition of a lump-sum tax on all individuals. In the opposite case a subsidy should be given.
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Volume (Year): 33 (2013)
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Obesity; Taxation; Unemployment; Wages;
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- Eleftheriou, Konstantinos & Athanasiou, George, 2010. "Labour Market, Obesity and Public Policy Considerations," MPRA Paper 20926, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
- J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies
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