Exploring Gender Specific Wage Differentials Between Obese and Non-Obese Adults: Evidence from the NLSY

27 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2010 Last revised: 2 Feb 2010

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Joan Daouli

University of Patras - Department of Economics

Apostolos Davillas

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael Demoussis

University of Patras - Department of Economics

Nicholas Giannakopoulos

University of Patras - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 29, 2010

Abstract

In this paper we investigate obese/non-obese wage differentials using microdata for white individuals from the 2000 wave of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Using longitudinal information we estimated transition probability indices and synthetic mobility measures for moving in-and-out of the obese group. The results clearly show that obesity is a rather permanent characteristic. Then, we apply typical Oaxaca-Blinder wage decompositions to identify the proportion of the observed gender-specific wage differential between obese and non-obese. Based on numerous specifications and alternative sub-samples the results provide strong evidence for the existence of wage differentials in favor of non-obese individuals, which can be mostly explained by differences in early human capital investments and especially schooling investments.

Keywords: Wage Differentials, Obesity, Decomposition Analysis

JEL Classification: J31, J71, I10

Suggested Citation

Daouli, Joan and Davillas, Apostolos and Demoussis, Michael and Giannakopoulos, Nicholas, Exploring Gender Specific Wage Differentials Between Obese and Non-Obese Adults: Evidence from the NLSY (January 29, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1544426 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1544426

Joan Daouli

University of Patras - Department of Economics ( email )

Patras GR-265 04
Greece

Apostolos Davillas

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Michael Demoussis

University of Patras - Department of Economics ( email )

Patras GR-265 04
Greece

HOME PAGE: http://www.geocities.com/michael_demoussis/

Nicholas Giannakopoulos (Contact Author)

University of Patras - Department of Economics ( email )

Rio Patras
Achaia Rio
Patras GR-265 04
Greece

HOME PAGE: http://www.geocities.com/giannakopoulos_nicholas/index

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