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Are Employers Discriminating with Respect to Weight? European Evidence using Quantile Regression


Vincenzo Atella


University of Rome, Tor Vergata - Centre for International Studies on Economic Growth (CEIS); Department of Economics and Finance; University of Rome, Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics

Noemi Pace


Stanford University - CHP-PCOR; University of Rome "Tor Vergata"

Daniela Vuri


University of Rome Tor Vergata; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

April 2008

CEIS Working Paper No. 123

Abstract:     
The aim of this research is to investigate the relationship between obesity and wages, using data for nine countries from the European Community Household Panel (ECHP) over the period 1998-2001. We improve upon the existing literature by adopting an Instrumental Variable Quantile Regression (IVQR) model to characterize the heterogenous impact of obesity at different points of the wage distribution. Our results show that i) the evidence obtained from mean regression and pooled analysis hides a significant amount of heterogeneity as the relationship between obesity and wages differs across countries and wages quantiles and ii) cultural, environmental or institutional settings do not seem to be able to explain differences among countries.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 54

Keywords: quantile treatment effect, obesity, wages, endogeneity

JEL Classification: C12, C21, C23, I10, I18


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Date posted: April 17, 2008 ; Last revised: February 25, 2014

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Atella, Vincenzo and Pace, Noemi and Vuri, Daniela, Are Employers Discriminating with Respect to Weight? European Evidence using Quantile Regression (April 2008). CEIS Working Paper No. 123. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1120345 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1120345

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Vincenzo Atella (Contact Author)
University of Rome, Tor Vergata - Centre for International Studies on Economic Growth (CEIS) ( email )
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Rome, I-00133
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Department of Economics and Finance ( email )
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University of Rome, Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics ( email )
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Noemi Pace
Stanford University - CHP-PCOR ( email )
Stanford, CA 94305
United States
University of Rome "Tor Vergata" ( email )
Via di Tor Vergata
Rome, Lazio 00133
Italy
Daniela Vuri
University of Rome Tor Vergata ( email )
Via di Tor Vergata
Rome, Lazio 00133
Italy
IZA Institute of Labor Economics
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)
Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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