Obesity and Economic Performance of Young Workers in Italy

19 Pages Posted: 18 May 2015

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Giovanni S. F. Bruno

Bocconi University - Department of Economics

Floro E. Caroleo

University of Naples Federico II; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Orietta Dessy

University of Milan - Department of Business Policy and Economics

Abstract

In this paper we explore recent ISFOL-PLUS 2006-2008-2010 data available for Italy about height and weight of young workers with the purpose of analysing the relationship between measures of obesity and measures of economic performance. Among the latter, we introduce job satisfaction, both overall and for nine specific aspects, which has not been previously considered in the literature on the effects of obesity. Interestingly enough, we find that BMI does not discriminate young workers with respect to their job earnings, but it does affect negatively young workers' job satisfaction with important gender effects.

Keywords: obesity, overweight, body mass index, job satisfaction, gross income

JEL Classification: J28, J81, I14

Suggested Citation

Bruno, Giovanni S. F. and Caroleo, Floro Ernesto and Dessy, Orietta, Obesity and Economic Performance of Young Workers in Italy. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9050, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2606903 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2606903

Giovanni S. F. Bruno (Contact Author)

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Floro Ernesto Caroleo

University of Naples Federico II ( email )

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Orietta Dessy

University of Milan - Department of Business Policy and Economics ( email )

Milano, I-20122
Italy

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