Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125433
Authors: 
Argys, Laura
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA World of Labor [ISSN:] 2054-9571 [Year:] 2015 [Issue:] 210
Abstract: 
Upon arrival in a host country, immigrants often have lower obesity rates (as measured for instance by BMI—body mass index) than their native counterparts do, but these rates converge over time. In light of the worldwide obesity epidemic and the flow of immigrants into host countries with higher obesity rates, it is important to understand the consequences of such assimilation. Policymakers could benefit from a discussion of the impact of immigrant obesity on labor market outcomes and the use of public services. In particular, policies could find ways to improve immigrants’ access to health care for both the prevention and treatment of obesity.
Subjects: 
immigrants
obesity
BMI
assimilation
employment
wages
JEL: 
J6
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Article

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