Non-Linear relationship between Body Mass Index and labor market outcomes: New evidence from China
AbstractUsing 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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Date of creation: Aug 2012
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Body mass index; Unemployment; Wage; Non-linear correlation;
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- Luo, Mi & Zhang, Chuanchuan, 2011. "Non-linear relationship between body mass index and labor market outcomes: new evidence from China," MPRA Paper 38936, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Feb 2012.
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
- I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Production
- J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
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