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Publications [#239052] of Duncan Thomas

Journal Articles

  1. Thomas, D; Strauss, J, Health and wages: evidence on men and women in urban Brazil., Journal of Econometrics, vol. 77 no. 1 (January, 1997), pp. 159-185 [doi]
    (last updated on 2019/08/23)

    Survey data indicate that different dimensions of health affect the wages of men and women in urban Brazil. Height has a large and significant effect on wages: taller men and women earn more. Body mass index (BMI) is associated with higher wages of males, especially among the less-educated, suggesting that strength may be rewarded with higher wages. Low levels of per capita calorie and protein intakes reduce wages of market-workers, but not the self-employed. After controlling for height, BMI, and calories, the influence of proteins is greater at higher levels, presumably reflecting the impact of higher-quality diets.

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