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Do unions reduce the wage penalty experienced by obese women?

Ron Debeaumont () and Christian Nsiah ()
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Ron Debeaumont: Black Hills State University

Economics Bulletin, 2016, vol. 36, issue 1, 281-290

Abstract: Unions have been shown to reduce wage inequality, thus resulting in higher wages for certain disadvantaged groups. Overweight individuals, especially women, generally receive lower wages than thinner individuals with similar socioeconomic characteristics. This paper demonstrates that union wage protection extends to overweight women in the U.S. Specifically, obese women do not experience a wage penalty when employed in jobs covered by collective bargaining.

Keywords: obesity; wage differentials; collective bargaining (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J7 J5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-02-21
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