Obesity, Employment and Wages in Europe

Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, Vol. 17, 2006

32 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2006

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Jaume Garcia I. Villar

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Climent Quintana-Domeque

Princeton University - Department of Economics

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Abstract

This paper examines the associations between obesity, employment status and wages for several European countries. Our results provide weak evidence that obese workers are more likely to be unemployed or tend to be more segregated in self-employment jobs than their non-obese counterparts. We also find difficult to detect statistically significant relationships between obesity and wages. As previously reported in the literature, the associations between obesity, unemployment and wages seem to be different for men and women. Moreover, heterogeneity is also found across countries. Such heterogeneity can be somewhat explained by some labor market institutions, such as collective bargaining coverage and employer-provided health insurance.

Keywords: obesity, labor market, heterogeneity, institutions

JEL Classification: J3, I1

Suggested Citation

Garcia I. Villar, Jaume and Quintana-Domeque, Climent, Obesity, Employment and Wages in Europe. Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, Vol. 17, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=940333

Jaume Garcia I. Villar

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
08005 Barcelona
Spain

Climent Quintana-Domeque (Contact Author)

Princeton University - Department of Economics ( email )

Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States

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