Does Obesity Hurt Your Wages More in Dublin than in Madrid? Evidence from ECHP
University of Padua - Department of Economics
University of Padua - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1704
We use data from the European Community Household Panel to investigate the impact of obesity on wages in 9 European countries, ranging from Ireland to Spain. We find that the common impact of obesity on wages is negative and statistically significant, independently of gender. Given the nature of European labor markets, however, we believe that a common impact is overly restrictive. When we allow this impact to vary across countries, we find a negative relationship between the BMI and wages in the countries of the European "olive belt" and a positive relationship in the countries of the "beer belt". We speculate that such difference could be driven by the interaction between the weather, BMI and individual (unobserved) productivity.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: wages, body mass index, Europe
JEL Classification: I12, J3working papers series
Date posted: August 9, 2005
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