Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/94208
Authors: 
Kropfhäußer, Frieder
Sunder, Marco
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 635
Abstract: 
We estimate the relationship between changes in the body mass index (bmi) and wages or satisfaction, respectively, in a panel of German employees. In contrast to previous literature, the dynamic models indicate that there is an inverse u-shaped association between bmi and wages among young workers. Among young male workers, work satisfaction is affected beyond the effect on earnings. Our finding of an implied optimum bmi in the overweight range could indicate that the recent rise in weight does not yet constitute a major limitation to productivity.
Subjects: 
obesity
earnings
System-GMM estimator
dynamic panel model
SOEP
JEL: 
J24
J28
J31
J71
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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