Labour Market, Obesity and Public Policy Considerations
AbstractThis paper attempts to investigate the relation among wages, unemployment and 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 social 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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Date of creation: 23 Feb 2010
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Obesity; Taxation; Unemployment; Wages;
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- Konstantinos Eleftheriou & George Athanasiou & Periklis Kougoulis, 2013. "Labour market, obesity and public policy considerations," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(1), pages 783-793.
- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
- J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
- I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-03-06 (All new papers)
- NEP-DGE-2010-03-06 (Dynamic General Equilibrium)
- NEP-HEA-2010-03-06 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2010-03-06 (Labour Economics)
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