Lafayette College, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics, Lafayette College, USA
Labor market consequences of obesity, economics of risky behavior, children’s cognitive development, health consequences of marriage/cohabitation
PhD Economics, University of Colorado, 1991
“Indebted and overweight: The link between BMI and household debt.” Economics and Human Biology (2014) (with J. K. Smith).
“Immigration, obesity and labor market outcomes in the UK." IZA Journal of Migration 1:1 (2012): 1–19 (with L. M. Argys and J. Kohn).
“Obesity, poverty and the ability to pay for calories." In: Jefferson, P. N. (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
“Labor market consequences: employment, wages, disability, and absenteeism.” In: Cawley, J. (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011; pp. 531–552.
“The economic reality of the beauty myth.” Journal of Human Resources 31:2 (1996): 304–330 (with S. Korenman).
The hidden private costs of obesity: lower earnings and a lower probability of employmentSusan L. Averett, August 2019Rising obesity is a pressing global public health problem responsible for rising health care costs and in some countries one of the leading causes of preventable deaths. There is substantial evidence that obese people are less likely to be employed and, when employed, earn lower wages. There is some evidence that the lower earnings are a result of discriminatory hiring and sorting into jobs with less customer contact. Understanding whether obesity is associated with adverse labor market outcomes and ascertaining the source of these outcomes are essential for designing effective public policy.MoreLess