Weight discrimination in the German labour market

Marina Selini Katsaiti, Mrittika Shamsuddin

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    We explore the effects of higher body mass index (BMI) or obesity on different labour market outcomes. We extend the present literature by investigating the effect of obesity on (i) promotion likelihood and (ii) unemployment duration, in addition to the effect on (iii) wages and (iv) probability of being employed. We find an obesity penalty on wages, employment likelihood, promotion likelihood and unemployment duration among females in Germany taking into account of endogeneity of BMI and sample selection. We are also able to identify an unexplained effect of obesity on wages, employment and promotion likelihood for females using decomposition techniques that can be attributed to weight discrimination.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4167-4182
    Number of pages16
    JournalApplied Economics
    Issue number43
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 13 2016


    • Obesity
    • discrimination
    • employment
    • promotion
    • wage

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics


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