The Effect of Exercise on Earnings: Evidence from the NLSY

Journal of Labor Research, June 2012

Posted: 21 May 2010 Last revised: 17 Apr 2013

Vasilios D. Kosteas

Cleveland State University - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 23, 2011

Abstract

This paper investigates whether engaging in regular exercise leads to higher earnings in the labor market. While there has been a recent surge of interest by economists on the issue of obesity, relatively little attention has been given to the economic effects of regular physical activity apart from its impact on body composition. I find that engaging in frequent exercise is associated with a five to ten percent wage increase. This finding is fairly robust to a variety of estimation techniques, including propensity score matching and is not due to reverse causality.

Keywords: exercise, earnings, obesity, propensity score matching

JEL Classification: I19, J21

Suggested Citation

Kosteas, Vasilios D., The Effect of Exercise on Earnings: Evidence from the NLSY (June 23, 2011). Journal of Labor Research, June 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1612384 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1612384

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