Productivity or discrimination? An economic analysis of excess-weight penalty in the Swedish labor market
AbstractUsing longitudinal data, this paper investigates the penalty for excess weight in the Swedish labor market, distinguishing between the productivity and the discrimination hypotheses. We analyze employment, income, and sickness absence , using the latter as a direct measure of productivity. We find that excess weight women, but not men, experience a significant employment penalty. Both genders experience a significant income penalty for obesity. We conclude that the penalties are associated with lower productivity, primarily in terms of health. We find no evidence of discrimination.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2011:12.
Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 01 Apr 2011
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Employment; income; sickness absence; obesity; overweight;
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- I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
- I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Production
- J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
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- NEP-ALL-2011-04-09 (All new papers)
- NEP-HEA-2011-04-09 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2011-04-09 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2011-04-09 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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