Working Times and Overweight: Tight Schedules, Weaker Fitness?

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Joan Costa-Font

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Belén Saénz de Miera Juárez

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

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Abstract

Although the rise in obesity and overweight is related to time constraints influencing health investments (e.g., exercise, shopping and cooking time, etc.), there is limited causal evidence to substantiate such claims. This paper estimates the causal effect of a change in working times on overweight and obesity drawing from evidence from the Aubrey reform implemented in the beginning of the past decade in France. We use longitudinal data from GAZEL (INSERM) 1997-2006 that contains detailed information about health indicators, including measures of height and weight. Taking the Alsace-Mosselle department as a control group and a difference-in-differences strategy, we estimate the effect of a differential reduction in working times on body weight. Our results show evidence of 0.7% increase in average BMI an 8pp increase in the probability of overweight among blue collars exposed to the reform. In contrast, we find no effect among white collar workers. The effects are robust to different specifications and placebo tests.

Keywords: obesity, overweight, working times, difference-in-differences, blue collar, white collar, Body Mass Index

JEL Classification: I13, J81

Suggested Citation

Costa-Font, Joan and Saénz de Miera Juárez, Belén, Working Times and Overweight: Tight Schedules, Weaker Fitness?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11702. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3234225

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Belén Saénz de Miera Juárez

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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