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Body Weight, Work, and the Marriage Market: An Interview with Shoshana Grossbard

Heavier White women who are married generally work more hours than married women who are thinner because they tend to marry men who earn less money and appear to have "less access" to their husband's income. That's one of the findings in a recent study led by Dr. Shoshana Grossbard, a professor of economics at San Diego State University. A pioneer in the study of the economics of marriage and the household, Dr. Grossbard is a fellow at the IZA Institute in Bonn, Germany, and the founding editor of the journal, Review of Economics of the Household. One of her recent areas of research involves studying the association between body mass index (BMI) and hours of work to determine whether the marriage market is the main mechanism driving this association. Her study, “Marriage Markets as Explanation for Why Heavier People Work More Hours,” was co-authored by Sankar Mukhopadhyay and published in the IZA Journal of Economics in 2017. In the following interview with IFS, Dr. Grossbard explains the study and its findings.  Read More

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