Obesity and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from the British NCDS
AbstractWe study the effect of obesity on wages and employment, using data from the British NCDS. The results show a significant negative association between obesity and labor market outcomes even after controlling for a rich set of demographic, socioeconomic, environmental and behavioral variables. After instrumenting with parental obesity the associations are no longer significant. We show that the intergenerational correlation in obesity is mainly due to genetic variation. However, the instruments do not always pass the overidentification tests and are sometimes weak. We are therefore somewhat sceptical about using parental obesity as an instrument.
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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Publication status: published as 'Assessing the Impact of Obesity on Labor Market Outcome' in: Economics and Human Biology, 2010, 8 (3), 309-319
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- I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
- J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General
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- NEP-ALL-2009-04-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-HEA-2009-04-13 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2009-04-13 (Labour Economics)
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