The purpose of this research is to explore and explain the link between obesity and wages. Obesity may lower wages due to three theories. The first is that being obese may lower ones health capital, in turn lowering human capital and finally lowering wages. The second is that obese workers are being discriminated against in the workplace. The final reason I will discuss is that obese workers increase the insurance costs of firms, and these firms then transfer these costs to the obese workers in the form of lower wages. I will test these theories using regression analysis utilizing data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. My findings indicate that insurance does not play a large role in the reduction of wages, therefore the wage gap is either due to discrimination or lower productivity.
Lenz, Jeremy M., "A Weighty Matter: A Study of Obesity and its Impact on Wages" (2016). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7155.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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