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Health and wages: Evidence on men and women in urban Brazil

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  • Thomas, Duncan
  • Strauss, John

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Survey data indicate that different dimensions of health affect the wages of men and women in urban Brazil. Height has a large and significant effect on wages: taller men and women earn more. Body mass index (BMI) is associated with higher wages of males, especially among the less-educated, suggesting that strenght may be rewarded with higher wages. Low levels of per capita calorie and protein intakes reduce wages of market-workers, but not the self-employed. After controlling for height, BMI, and calories, the influence of proteins is greater at higher levels, presumably reflecting the impact of higher-quality diets.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Econometrics.

Volume (Year): 77 (1997)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 159-185

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Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:77:y:1997:i:1:p:159-185

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