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Ron Debeaumont and Christian Nsiah
 
''Do unions reduce the wage penalty experienced by obese women?''
( 2016, Vol. 36 No.1 )
 
 
Unions have been shown to reduce wage inequality, thus resulting in higher wages for certain disadvantaged groups. Overweight individuals, especially women, generally receive lower wages than thinner individuals with similar socioeconomic characteristics. This paper demonstrates that union wage protection extends to overweight women in the U.S. Specifically, obese women do not experience a wage penalty when employed in jobs covered by collective bargaining.
 
 
Keywords: obesity, wage differentials, collective bargaining
JEL: J7 - Labor Discrimination: General
J5 - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining: General
 
Manuscript Received : Oct 22 2014 Manuscript Accepted : Feb 21 2016

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