Working times and overweight : tight schedules, weaker fitness? / Joan Costa-Font (London School of Economics and Political Science and IZA), Belen Saenz de Miera Juarez (London School of Economics and Political Science) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserCosta-i-Font, Joan In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Sáenz de Miera Juárez, Belén In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, July 2018
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11702
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-163794 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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Zusammenfassung (Englisch)

Although the rise in obesity and overweight is related to time constraints influencing health investments (e.g., exercise, shopping and cooking time, etc.), there is limited causal evidence to substantiate such claims. This paper estimates the causal effect of a change in working times on overweight and obesity drawing from evidence from the Aubrey reform implemented in the beginning of the past decade in France. We use longitudinal data from GAZEL (INSERM) 1997-2006 that contains detailed information about health indicators, including measures of height and weight. Taking the Alsace-Mosselle department as a control group and a difference-in-differences strategy, we estimate the effect of a differential reduction in working times on body weight. Our results show evidence of 0.7% increase in average BMI an 8pp increase in the probability of overweight among blue collars exposed to the reform. In contrast, we find no effect among white collar workers. The effects are robust to different specifications and placebo tests.