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Productivity or discrimination? An economic analysis of excess-weight penalty in the Swedish labor market

Dackehag, Margareta LU ; Gerdtham, Ulf LU and Nordin, Martin LU (2011)
Abstract
Using longitudinal data, this paper investigates the penalty for excess weight in the Swedish labor market, distinguishing between the productivity and the discrimination hypotheses. We analyze employment, income, and sickness absence , using the latter as a direct measure of productivity. We find that excess weight women, but not men, experience a significant employment penalty. Both genders experience a significant income penalty for obesity. We conclude that the penalties are associated with lower productivity, primarily in terms of health. We find no evidence of discrimination.
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sickness absence, income, Employment, obesity, overweight
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26 pages
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Department of Economics, Lund Universtiy
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English
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  author       = {Dackehag, Margareta and Gerdtham, Ulf and Nordin, Martin},
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  title        = {Productivity or discrimination? An economic analysis of excess-weight penalty in the Swedish labor market},
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