Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/130363
Authors: 
Dillingh, Rik
Kooreman, Peter
Potters, Jan
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9675
Abstract: 
Placing a tattoo is a choice with potentially significant and long-lasting social and economic consequences. In this study we look at the factors determining the decision to place a tattoo and combine this with several outcomes, such as income and employment status, living together with a partner, (perceived) health and substance use. The analyses are based on unique panel data of a representative sample of Dutch individuals. The tattooed population differs significantly from the non-tattooed population on a wide range of characteristics. The first part of our analysis describes the number, timing, location, size and visibility of tattoos. In the second part we use fixed effects and instrumental variables analysis to explore the effect of tattoos on the above mentioned outcome measures. Our analyses suggest less favorable outcomes for people with (very visible) tattoos, though especially in the case of the labor market, the relationships are relatively weak.
Subjects: 
tattoos
labor market
health
family
panel data
JEL: 
J10
J20
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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