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Obesity, Wages and Employment in Europe

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  • Jaume Garcia

    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

  • Climent Quintana-Domeque

    (Princeton University)

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This paper examines the associations between obesity, employment status and wages for several European countries. Our results provide weak evidence that obese workers are more likely to be unemployed or tend to be more segregated in self-employment jobs than their non-obese counterparts. We also find difficult to detect statistically significant relationships between obesity and wages. As previously reported in the literature, the association between obesity, unemployment and wages seems to be different for men and women. Moreover, heterogeneity is also found across countries. Such heterogeneity can be somewhat explained by some labor market institutions, such as the collective bargaining coverage and the employer-provided health insurance.

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  • Jaume Garcia & Climent Quintana-Domeque, 2005. "Obesity, Wages and Employment in Europe," Labor and Demography 0508002, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 03 Apr 2006.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:0508002
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    Keywords

    obesity; labor market; heterogeneity; institutions.;
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    JEL classification:

    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health

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