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Productivity or discrimination? An economic analysis of excess-weight penalty in the Swedish labor market

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  • Margareta Dackehag
  • Ulf-G. Gerdtham
  • Martin Nordin

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This article investigates the excess-weight penalty in income for men and women in the Swedish labor market, using longitudinal data. It compares two identification strategies, OLS and individual fixed effects, and distinguishes between two main sources of excess-weight penalties, lower productivity because of bad health and discrimination. For men, the analysis finds a significant obesity penalty related to discrimination when applying individual fixed effects. We do not find any significant excess-weight penalty for women. Copyright The Author(s) 2015

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  • Margareta Dackehag & Ulf-G. Gerdtham & Martin Nordin, 2015. "Productivity or discrimination? An economic analysis of excess-weight penalty in the Swedish labor market," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 16(6), pages 589-601, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:eujhec:v:16:y:2015:i:6:p:589-601
    DOI: 10.1007/s10198-014-0611-7
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    Keywords

    Sweden; Income; Obesity; Overweight; Productivity; Discrimination; I10; I18; J23; J31;
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    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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