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Non-Linear relationship between Body Mass Index and labor market outcomes: New evidence from China

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  • Luo, Mi
  • Zhang, Chuanchuan

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Using data from a most recent national household survey in China, we provide new evidence for the associations between body mass index (BMI) and labor market attainments. In contrast to previous studies, we find a significant non-linear relationship between BMI and probability of employment / wages, especially for women. Several potential channels are discussed carefully, including health, occupational sorting, self-esteem, and discrimination. Our findings are in favor of pure discrimination from potential employers, rather than the other three channels.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 42683.

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Keywords: Body mass index; Unemployment; Wage; Non-linear correlation;

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