¿Tener obesidad es realmente una desventaja en el mercado laboral mexicano?

Martha Claudia Rodríguez-Villalobos, Erick Rangel-González


The present study analyzes the possible impact for a person of having obesity or overweight in the Mexican labor market. In specific, this article focuses the analysis studying the impact of these conditions, over wages and over the probability of finding a job, using two measures of obesity: the body mass index and the waist-height ratio. The results show, that once the selectivity bias is taken into consideration, for men there are no wage differentials neither in favor nor against men with obesity or overweight. We found evidence of wage differentials in favor of women with obesity and overweight in some groups (in certain education levels). For employment, we do not find difference in the probabilities of employment among the analyzed groups, once that we control for the possibility of gaining weight after being employed.


Obesity; Overweight; Wages; Employment; Selection Bias

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