Rising obesity is not just a pressing global public health problem. According to Susan L. Averett, there is also substantial evidence that obese people are less likely to be employed and, when employed, are likely to earn less. Some evidence shows that lower earnings are a result of discrimination hiring, whereby obese workers are sorted into jobs with less customer contact. There is still some debate over whether these outcomes are directly caused by obesity; however reduced productivity, and higher medical costs, still threaten to become an increasing burden on all taxpayers.
Over 80 key decision and policy makers attended the IZA/World Bank conference in Lima at the end of June. Delegates heard expert insight into skills, labor markets and employment from a host of our authors.
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Africa has the highest growth rate of female-run enterprises in the world, with around 63% of African women outside the agricultural sector now self-employed. What can we learn from these women?