Obesity, Employment and Wages in Europe

41 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2007

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Jaume Garcia I. Villar

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Climent Quintana-Domeque

Princeton University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: May 2006


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.

Keywords: Obesity, labor market, heterogeneity, institutions

JEL Classification: J3, I1

Suggested Citation

Garcia I. Villar, Jaume and Quintana-Domeque, Climent, Obesity, Employment and Wages in Europe (May 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1001629 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1001629

Jaume Garcia I. Villar (Contact Author)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
08005 Barcelona

Climent Quintana-Domeque

Princeton University - Department of Economics ( email )

Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States

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