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Body weight and wages: Evidence from Add Health

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  • Sabia, Joseph J.
  • Rees, Daniel I.

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This note uses data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to examine the relationship between body weight and wages. Ordinary least squares (OLS) and individual fixed effects estimates provide evidence that overweight and obese white women are paid substantially less per hour than their slimmer counterparts. Two-stage least squares (2SLS) estimation confirms this relationship, suggesting that it is not driven by time-variant unobservables.

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  • Sabia, Joseph J. & Rees, Daniel I., 2012. "Body weight and wages: Evidence from Add Health," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 10(1), pages 14-19.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:10:y:2012:i:1:p:14-19
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2011.09.004
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    Keywords

    Obesity; Body weight; Wages;
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    JEL classification:

    • I0 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics

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