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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(1), 139;

Impact of Obesity on Employment and Wages among Young Adults: Observational Study with Panel Data

College of Pharmacy, Yonsei University, Incheon 21983, Korea
Graduate School of Public Health and Institute of Health Services Research, Yonsei University, Seoul 03722, Korea
College of Pharmacy, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Yonsei University, Incheon 21983, Korea
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Received: 12 December 2018 / Revised: 31 December 2018 / Accepted: 3 January 2019 / Published: 7 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Worker and Public Health and Safety: Current Views)
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This paper assesses the relationship between obesity and the job market by focusing on young adults early on in their careers, while considering the factor of gender and the individuals’ job qualifications. This study extracted data on high school students for four years from the Korean Education and Employment Panel (from 2010 to 2013), a nationally representative dataset comprising of 2000 middle school students and 4000 high school seniors. The individual-level fixed effects were controlled using conditional logistic regression models and an ordinary least squares model. Obese and overweight men were 1.46 times more likely to be placed in professional jobs and had 13.9% higher monthly wages than their normal-weight counterparts. However, obese and overweight women were 0.33 times less likely to have service jobs, earned 9.0% lower monthly wages, and half as likely to have jobs with bonuses than that of their normal-weight counterparts. However, such penalty among women was found only when they had none of the assessed job market qualifications. Given that initial jobs and job conditions have lingering impacts in long-term job performance, the cumulative penalty for overweight or obesity could be more substantial for young adults in particular. View Full-Text
Keywords: obesity; labor market performance; job qualifications; young adults obesity; labor market performance; job qualifications; young adults

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Lee, H.; Ahn, R.; Kim, T.H.; Han, E. Impact of Obesity on Employment and Wages among Young Adults: Observational Study with Panel Data. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 139.

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