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Body mass index and occupational attainment

Morris, S; (2006) Body mass index and occupational attainment. J HEALTH ECON , 25 (2) 347 - 364. 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2005.09.005.

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Abstract

In this paper I investigate the impact of body mass index (BMI) on occupational attainment in England. Using pooled cross-sectional health survey data for 1997 and 1998 1 find using OLS that, conditional on a comprehensive set of individual and area covariates, BMI has a positive and significant effect on occupational attainment in males and a negative and significant effect in females. Subsequent analyses with different covariates show considerable variation in the results for males, while for females the effect of BMI is significant and negative irrespective of the covariates used. IV coefficients on the BMI measures are insignificant in all models, though I am unable to identify any endogeneity problem with respect to BMI. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: Body mass index and occupational attainment
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2005.09.005
Keywords: body mass index, obesity, occupational attainment, instrumental variables, YOUNG ADULTHOOD, LABOR-MARKET, OBESITY, HEALTH, VARIABLES, EARNINGS, WEIGHT, BEAUTY, DISCRIMINATION, CONSEQUENCES
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Applied Health Research
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/114872
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