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

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  • Reichert, A.;

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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 HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York in its series Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers with number 13/20.

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Handle: RePEc:yor:hectdg:13/20

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

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