The Effect of Obesity on Wages and Employment: The Difference Between Having a High BMI and Being Fat

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dc.contributor Svenska handelshögskolan, Institutionen för nationalekonomi, nationalekonomi sv
dc.contributor Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Economics, Economics en
dc.contributor.author Johansson, Edvard
dc.contributor.author Böckerman, Petri
dc.contributor.author Kiiskinen, Urpo
dc.contributor.author Heliövaara, Markku
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-02T14:04:38Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-02T14:04:38Z
dc.date.issued 2007-06-13
dc.identifier.isbn 978-951-555-963-0
dc.identifier.issn 0357-4598
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10227/244
dc.identifier.uri URN:ISBN:978-951-555-963-0
dc.description.abstract In this paper, we re-examine the relationship between overweight and labour market success, using indicators of individual body composition along with BMI (Body Mass Index). We use the dataset from Finland in which weight, height, fat mass and waist circumference are not self-reported, but obtained as part of the overall health examination. We find that waist circumference, but not weight or fat mass, has a negative effect on wages for women, whereas all measures of obesity have negative effects on women’s employment probabilities. For men, the only obesity measure that is significant for men’s employment probabilities is fat mass. One interpretation of our findings is that the negative wage effects of overweight on wages run through the discrimination channel, but that the negative effects of overweight on employment have more to do with ill health. All in all, measures of body composition provide a more refined picture about the effects of obesity on wages and employment. fi
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Svenska handelshögskolan sv
dc.publisher Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Papers
dc.relation.ispartofseries 528
dc.rights Publikationen är skyddad av upphovsrätten. Den får läsas och skrivas ut för personligt bruk. Användning i kommersiellt syfte är förbjuden. sv
dc.rights This publication is copyrighted. You may download, display and print it for Your own personal use. Commercial use is prohibited. en
dc.rights Julkaisu on tekijänoikeussäännösten alainen. Teosta voi lukea ja tulostaa henkilökohtaista käyttöä varten. Käyttö kaupallisiin tarkoituksiin on kielletty. fi
dc.subject wages fi
dc.subject employment fi
dc.subject bmi fi
dc.subject overweight fi
dc.subject obesity fi
dc.subject fatness fi
dc.subject adiposity fi
dc.subject.other Economics fi
dc.title The Effect of Obesity on Wages and Employment: The Difference Between Having a High BMI and Being Fat fi

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