Disentangling the Contemporaneous and Dynamic Effects of Human and Health Capital on Wages Over the Life Cycle

66 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2016 Last revised: 16 Apr 2023

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Donna B. Gilleskie

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Economics

Euna Han

College of Pharmacy, Yonsei University

Edward C. Norton

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Date Written: July 2016

Abstract

In this study we quantify the life-cycle effects of human and health capital on the wage distribution of females, with a focus on health measured by body mass. We use NLSY79 data on women followed annually up to twenty years during the time of their lives when average annual weight gain is greatest. We allow body mass to explain variation in wages contemporaneously conditional on observed measures of human capital and productivity histories (namely, education, employment experience, marital status, and family size) and dynamically over the life cycle through its impact on the endogenous histories of behaviors that determine wages. We find significant differences in the contemporaneous effect and the dynamic effect of body mass on wages, both across females of different races and over the distribution of wages.

Suggested Citation

Gilleskie, Donna B. and Han, Euna and Norton, Edward C., Disentangling the Contemporaneous and Dynamic Effects of Human and Health Capital on Wages Over the Life Cycle (July 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w22430, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2813878

Donna B. Gilleskie (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Economics ( email )

Chapel Hill, NC 27599
United States

Euna Han

College of Pharmacy, Yonsei University ( email )

Seoul
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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Edward C. Norton

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )

500 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

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