Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/34156
Authors: 
Fahr, René
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 2323
Abstract: 
We investigate wage effects of deviations from peer group body mass index (BMI) to evaluate the influence of social norms on wages. Our approach allows for disentangling the influence of the social norm from any (anticipated) productivity effects associated with deviations from a clinically recommended BMI. Estimates of between effects models for 9 European countries for the years 1998-2001 suggest that the influence of the social norm varies considerably between countries and wage penalties are rather found for upward deviations from the norm and for men.
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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