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The Impact of Obesity on Wages: the Role of Personal Interactions and Job Selection

Andrea Moro (), Daniel Tello-Trillo and Tommaso Tempesti

No 2017:32, Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari"

Abstract: We estimate the effects of obesity on wages accounting for the endogenous selection of workers into jobs requiring different levels of personal interactions in the workplace. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 combined with detailed information about occupation characteristics from O*Net, we confirm the results from the literature finding a wage penalty for obese white women. This penalty is higher in jobs that require a high level of personal interactions. Accounting for job selection does not significantly change the estimated wage penalty.

Keywords: Obesity; Wages; Personal interactions; Selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J31 J70 I19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
Date: 2017
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