Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics

No 07-13: Obesity and Labor Market Outcomes: New Danish Evidence

Jane Greve ()
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Jane Greve: Danish National Institute of Social Research, Postal: Herluf Trollesgade 11, 1052 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Abstract: This paper analyzes the relationship between three body weight measures and employment status and wages, thereby broadening the perspective of the literature on obesity and labor market outcomes. The analysis uses a unique dataset from a Danish panel survey from 1995 and 2000, combined with administrative registers, covering 8000 individuals. Results show a negative effect of body weight on employment for women, with a small positive effect of being overweight on employment for men. When the sample is split into the private and the public sector, results further show that in the private sector body weight has a negative effect on wages for women but a positive effect for men, whereas in the public sector body weight has no influence on wages for either men or women.

Keywords: Body weight; Employment; Wages; Endogeneity

JEL-codes: I10; J20; J30

57 pages, January 1, 2007

Note: Published in: Economics & Human Biology, Vol 6, No. 3, 2008 “Obesity and Labour Market Outcomes in Denmark”

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