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dc.contributor.authorLundborg, Petteren_US
dc.contributor.authorNystedt, Paulen_US
dc.contributor.authorRooth, Dan-Olofen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-03-16en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T12:05:04Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T12:05:04Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/35991-
dc.description.abstractThe negative association between obesity and labor market outcomes has been widely documented, yet little is known about the mechanisms through which the association arises. Using rich and unique data on 450,000 Swedish men enlisting for the military, we find that the crude obesity penalty in earnings, which amounts to about 18 percent, is linked to supply-side characteristics that are associated with both earnings and obesity. In particular, we show that the penalty reflects negative associations between obesity, on the one hand, and cognitive skills, non-cognitive skills, and physical fitness, on the other. Our results suggest that employers use obesity as a marker for skill limitations in order to statistically discriminate.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 4775en_US
dc.subject.jelI10en_US
dc.subject.jelJ10en_US
dc.subject.jelJ70en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordObesityen_US
dc.subject.keywordoverweighten_US
dc.subject.keywordearningsen_US
dc.subject.keywordcognitive abilityen_US
dc.subject.keywordnon-cognitive abilityen_US
dc.subject.keywordhealthen_US
dc.subject.keywordphysical fitnessen_US
dc.subject.stwGesundheitsrisikoen_US
dc.subject.stwMänneren_US
dc.subject.stwLohndifferenzierungen_US
dc.subject.stwQualifikationen_US
dc.subject.stwKognitive Fähigkeitenen_US
dc.subject.stwSchwedenen_US
dc.titleNo country for fat men? Obesity, earnings, skills, and health among 450,000 Swedish menen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn621145130en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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