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dc.contributor.authorOreffice, Soniaen_US
dc.contributor.authorQuintana-Domeque, Climenten_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-15T11:34:34Z-
dc.date.available2011-12-15T11:34:34Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/53403-
dc.description.abstractWe empirically analyze the labor supply choices of married men and women according to their body size (BMI), using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics on anthropometric characteristics of both spouses, and unmarried men and women as comparison group. Heavier husbands are found to work significantly more hours and earn more labor income, controlling for both spouses' demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. Conversely, no such effect is found for either unmarried individuals or for married women. We suggest a marriage market mechanism through which male BMI and earnings are positively related. Heavier married men compensate for their negative physical trait by providing their wives with more disposable income, working more hours and earning more. Heavier women may not able to compensate their spouse through labor supply, as female physical traits are more relevant in the marriage market than the corresponding male traits.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherFondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Milanoen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesNota di lavoro // Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei: Sustainable development 116.2009en_US
dc.subject.jelD1en_US
dc.subject.jelI1en_US
dc.subject.jelJ1en_US
dc.subject.jelJ22en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordBody Sizeen_US
dc.subject.keywordLabor Supplyen_US
dc.subject.keywordEarningsen_US
dc.subject.keywordMarriageen_US
dc.titleFatter attraction: Marital status and the relationship between BMI and labor supplyen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn646492225en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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