On the Effect of Obesity on Employment in the Presence of Observed and Unobserved Confounding

Statistica Neerlandica, Vol. 67(4), pp. 436-455 (2013)

22 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2013 Last revised: 26 Apr 2016

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Rosalba Radice

University of Bath

Luca Zanin

Prometeia

Giampiero Marra

University College London

Date Written: December 10, 2013

Abstract

The aim of this paper was to estimate the effect of obesity on the employment probability for Italian men and women accounting for both observed and unobserved confounding. We use microdata collected by the Italian National Statistical Office for the year 2009 during a multi-scope survey of Italian households. The employment-obesity relationship is estimated after controlling for observed confounding by using probit regression and a propensity score weighting approach. To control for both observed and unobserved confounding (endogeneity), a semiparametric recursive bivariate probit model is employed instead. Our findings suggest that obesity has a significant negative effect on the employment probability and that endogeneity might not be an important issue.

Keywords: average treatment effect on the treated, confounding, employment, endogeneity, obesity, propensity score weighting, semiparametric recursive bivariate probit

Suggested Citation

Radice, Rosalba and Zanin, Luca and Marra, Giampiero, On the Effect of Obesity on Employment in the Presence of Observed and Unobserved Confounding (December 10, 2013). Statistica Neerlandica, Vol. 67(4), pp. 436-455 (2013), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2329660

Rosalba Radice (Contact Author)

University of Bath ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Luca Zanin

Prometeia ( email )

Bologna
Italy

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Giampiero Marra

University College London ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

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