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Non-linear relationship between body mass index and labor market outcomes: new evidence from China

Luo, Mi and Zhang, Chuanchuan (2011): Non-linear relationship between body mass index and labor market outcomes: new evidence from China.

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Abstract

Using data from a most recent national household survey in China, we provide new evidence for the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and labor market attainments. In contrast to previous studies, we find a non-linear relationship between BMI and employment / wages, especially for women. There is no substantial heterogeneity across occupation in the effect of BMI on women’s wages.

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