Susan L. Averett

Lafayette College, USA, and IZA, Germany

This project is a great way for academic experts to communicate their insights to a wide audience in an accessible manner. IZA World of Labor articles will be an essential read for policymakers and engaged citizens

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics, Lafayette College, USA

Research interest

Labor market consequences of obesity, economics of risky behavior, children’s cognitive development, health consequences of marriage/cohabitation


PhD Economics, University of Colorado, 1991

Selected publications

  • "Obesity and labor market performance." In: Wright, J. D. (ed.). International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, second edition, Vol. 17. Oxford: Elsevier, 2015; pp. 70–74.

  • “Indebted and overweight: The link between BMI and household debt.” Economics and Human Biology (2014) (with J. K. Smith).

  • “Immigration, obesity and labor market outcomes in the UK." IZA Journal of Migration 1:1 (2012): 1–19 (with L. M. Argys and J. Kohn).

  • “Obesity, poverty and the ability to pay for calories." In: Jefferson, P. N. (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

  • “Labor market consequences: employment, wages, disability, and absenteeism.” In: Cawley, J. (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011; pp. 531–552.