Eleftheriou, Konstantinos and Athanasiou, George (2010): Labour Market, Obesity and Public Policy Considerations.
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This paper attempts to investigate the relation among wages, unemployment and obesity and to identify public policies to address the problem of over-weightness. To this purpose, a simple search and matching model of labour market is developed. Our framework tries to capture the relationship between obesity and employment/unemployment by assuming that the fraction of obese workers is a function of the ratio of vacant jobs to unemployment (labour market tightness). We argue that if obesity is positively related with employment, then social optimality dictates the imposition of a lump-sum tax on all individuals. In the opposite case a subsidy should be given.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Labour Market, Obesity and Public Policy Considerations|
|Keywords:||Obesity; Taxation; Unemployment; Wages|
|Subjects:||I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J64 - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I10 - General
|Depositing User:||Konstantinos Eleftheriou|
|Date Deposited:||25. Feb 2010 14:31|
|Last Modified:||15. Feb 2013 06:25|
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