Body weight and labour market outcomes in Post-Soviet Russia

Huffman, S and Rizov, Marian (2014) Body weight and labour market outcomes in Post-Soviet Russia. International Journal of Manpower, 35 (5). pp. 671-687. ISSN 0143-7720

Body weight and labour market outcomes in Post-Soviet Russia

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to focus on the impacts of overweight and obesity on the
probability of employment, wages, and the incidence of sick-leave days by gender, in Russia, over the
transition period, 1994-2005.
Design/methodology/approach – The authors uses panel data and appropriate instrumental
variables techniques to estimate a set of three models.
Findings – The results show a linear negative effect of body mass index (BMI) on probability of
employment for women and positive effect for men. The authors did not find evidence of wage penalty
for higher BMI, a result different from findings of several studies on developed market economies. There
is also positive impact of BMI on the number of work days missed due to health problems for women.
Originality/value – The results derived in transition context add evidence to the growing obesity
and labour market outcomes literature emphasising the relative importance of the labour supply side
compared to the demand side. The policy implications of our study are gender specific.

Keywords:Gender data analysis, Determinants, Economics, Earnings, Labour market, Discrimination in employment, Eastern Europe, JCNotOpen
Subjects:L Social studies > L140 Econometrics
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B110 Anatomy
L Social studies > L110 Applied Economics
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:13 Nov 2015 09:20

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