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Title:Obesity and labor market outcomes: evidence from the British NCDS PDF Logo
Authors:Lindeboom, Maarten
Lundborg, Petter
van der Klaauw, Bas
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4099
Abstract:We study the effect of obesity on wages and employment, using data from the British NCDS. The results show a significant negative association between obesity and labor market outcomes even after controlling for a rich set of demographic, socioeconomic, environmental and behavioral variables. After instrumenting with parental obesity the associations are no longer significant. We show that the intergenerational correlation in obesity is mainly due to genetic variation. However, the instruments do not always pass the overidentification tests and are sometimes weak. We are therefore somewhat sceptical about using parental obesity as an instrument.
Subjects:Obesity
wages
employment
labor
endogeneity
JEL:I10
J10
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090403122
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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