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The Impact of Obesity on Wages: the Role of Personal Interactions and Job Selection

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  • Moro, Andrea
  • Tello-Trillo, D. Sebastian
  • Tempesti, Tommaso

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We estimate the effects of obesity on wages accounting for the workers' sorting into jobs requiring different levels of personal interactions in the workplace. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 combined with detailed information about jobs from O*Net, we find a wage penalty for obese white women. This penalty is higher in jobs that require a high level of personal interactions. Accounting for job selection does not significantly change the estimated wage penalty.

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  • Moro, Andrea & Tello-Trillo, D. Sebastian & Tempesti, Tommaso, 2018. "The Impact of Obesity on Wages: the Role of Personal Interactions and Job Selection," MPRA Paper 84540, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 03 Jan 2018.
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    Keywords

    obesity; wages; selection; personal interactions;

    JEL classification:

    • I0 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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