Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/100203
Authors: 
Mosca, Irene
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Dublin 431
Abstract: 
I use data from the first wave of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) to investigate the impact of obesity on the labour market status of older Irish individuals. I employ an anthropometric indicator of body composition (waist circumference) along with body mass index. I include a wide array of subjective and objective health indicators in the empirical model. I find that obese women are less likely to be at work. However, both the magnitude and statistical significance of this correlation are sensitive to the definition of obesity. Factors other than socioeconomic characteristics and health are also found to play a role in explaining why obese older women are less likely to be employed. Much weaker evidence is found for men.
Subjects: 
BMI
waist circumference
employment
older
Ireland
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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