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Obesity, Weight Loss, and Employment Prospects – Evidence from a Randomized Trial

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  • Arndt Reichert

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This study presents credible estimates for the causal effect of a variation in obesity on employment. By exploring random assignment of a weight loss intervention based on monetary rewards, I provide convincing evidence that weight loss positively affects the employment prospects of obese women but not of obese men. Consistent with this, significant effects of weight loss on proxy variables for labor productivity are found only for obese women.

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Paper provided by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen in its series Ruhr Economic Papers with number 0381.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2012
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Handle: RePEc:rwi:repape:0381

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Keywords: Obesity; weight loss intervention; IV estimation; sample selection; labor productivity; employment;

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