People who exercise regularly make 5-10% more money

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    Jun 05, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    Cool beans though I wonder how much is causal.

    http://www.bakadesuyo.com/can-you-bench-press-your-way-to-a-pay-raise

    This paper investigates whether engaging in regular exercise leads to higher earnings in the labor market. While there has been a recent surge of interest by economists on the issue of obesity, relatively little attention has been given to the economic effects of regular physical activity apart from its impact on body composition. I find that engaging in frequent exercise is associated with a five to ten percent wage increase. This finding is fairly robust to a variety of estimation techniques, including propensity score matching and is not due to reverse causality.

    Source: Kosteas, Vasilios D., The Effect of Exercise on Earnings: Evidence from the NLSY (June 23, 2011).
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    Jun 05, 2012 6:12 PM GMT
    Honestly, this is a no brainer. There is a link between aesthetic appearance and salary, and those who do exercise are more likely going to look and feel better about themselves, which boosts confidence, which is key to a lot of things. But with that said, between this study and previous studies that suggest that height does influence salary, in that taller people are paid more, all I can say is:

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    Jun 05, 2012 6:29 PM GMT
    Which way is the correlation? Exercise results in more money or more money results in more exercise? I would think the latter.
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    Jun 05, 2012 6:33 PM GMT
    Correlation, people with more money have the financial resources to join a gym or other sporting activity.
    or possibly tying into the same effect as attractive, confident people tend to do better in the workforce in terms of hiring and promotions.
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    Jun 05, 2012 6:34 PM GMT
    I think it's the desire to aspire to meet your goals, that makes someone work harder to attain them in and out of the gym.
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    Jun 05, 2012 6:34 PM GMT
    Stuttershock saidCorrelation, people with more money have the financial resources to join a gym or other sporting activity.
    or possibly tying into the same effect as attractive, confident people tend to do better in the workforce in terms of hiring and promotions.
    Oh you flatter too much. icon_redface.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
    Caslon19000 saidWhich way is the correlation? Exercise results in more money or more money results in more exercise? I would think the latter.
    May be a chicken and egg thing. I like this question.
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    Stuttershock saidCorrelation, people with more money have the financial resources to join a gym or other sporting activity.
    or possibly tying into the same effect as attractive, confident people tend to do better in the workforce in terms of hiring and promotions.


    It does not cost ANY money what so ever to go and run outside. You don't need to join a gym to exercise. The fact that you even said that, tells me you're stuck up.
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:55 AM GMT
    oh ya for sure
    actually, all the wealthy people I know, with the exception of the co-founders of the company I work for, are unattractive... just sayin
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    patrickmuse1745 said
    Stuttershock saidCorrelation, people with more money have the financial resources to join a gym or other sporting activity.
    or possibly tying into the same effect as attractive, confident people tend to do better in the workforce in terms of hiring and promotions.


    It does not cost ANY money what so ever to go and run outside. You don't need to join a gym to exercise. The fact that you even said that, tells me you're stuck up.


    Or to do burpees or box jumps for that matter...
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:59 AM GMT
    Too lazy to read the article. Wouldn't more energetic people be more likely to exercise and to perform well at work? icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidIn academics, the smartest, and most efficient people are usually very athletic as well.


    Often times, that is true. There is a reason why my celebrity crush is my celebrity crush.
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:09 AM GMT
    riddler78 said
    patrickmuse1745 said
    Stuttershock saidCorrelation, people with more money have the financial resources to join a gym or other sporting activity.
    or possibly tying into the same effect as attractive, confident people tend to do better in the workforce in terms of hiring and promotions.


    It does not cost ANY money what so ever to go and run outside. You don't need to join a gym to exercise. The fact that you even said that, tells me you're stuck up.


    Or to do burpees or box jumps for that matter...
    As a well-traveled man who studied urban geography, both statements are correct, actually. It really depends on the place. Although it can be seen as "rich people getting richer because they can afford to exercise" in some places that is true. Texas, for example, lacks the sidewalks that Minnesota has, for example. In Mankato, MN I can walk almost anywhere, but in Port Isabel, TX, I noticed very few sidewalks, and my friend who lives near Dallas told me that "one does not simply walk anywhere in the metroplex." However, before I joined a gym, I would run around the block a few times and do whatever I could in terms of body weight resistance around the house to at least get some exercise in.
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:47 AM GMT
    riddler78 saidPeople who exercise regularly make 5-10% more money
    You've never seen Wall Street, have you.
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    The GAO studied bodybuilders, as requested by the DEA, back in 2007. What they found was that muscle heads were better educated, made more money, were in better health, and more active in their personal health care than the lay public by far. They were much more likely to be in leadership roles. They also had lower mortality; lived longer. Additionally, they were generally at 0 to low risk of cardiovascular events. The GAO made the point that because the bodybuilders were of high income, well educated, and active in their own health care, scare tactics like "Reefer Madness" would be ineffective. I.e., they were too smart to believe bull shit!
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    riddler78 saidPeople who exercise regularly make 5-10% more money
    You've never seen Wall Street, have you.


    When I worked there, most of my friends and most of the people in our group worked out regularly.
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    I live in The World's largest apartment complex which is very high end. Lots of money floating around. Fat folks are the exception here.
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    Dallas is pedestrian hostile in nearly every way.

    Many, many, places, are much better for active people.
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    Jun 06, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    riddler78 said
    paulflexes said
    riddler78 saidPeople who exercise regularly make 5-10% more money
    You've never seen Wall Street, have you.


    When I worked there, most of my friends and most of the people in our group worked out regularly.
    In your group, maybe. What about the others? icon_wink.gif