Economic Aspects of Obesity

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Michael Grossman, Naci Mocan
University of Chicago Press, May 1, 2011 - Business & Economics - 394 pages
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In the past three decades, the number of obese adults in the United States has doubled and the number of obese children almost tripled, which may lead to increased medical expenditures, productivity loss, and stress on the health care system. Economic analysis now shows that weight gain is the result of individual choices in response to economic environments and demonstrates that incentives can influence individual behaviors affecting weight. Determinants are varied and include year- and area-specific food prices, availability of food outlets and recreational facilities, health insurance, and minimum wage levels. Timely and important, Economic Aspects of Obesity provides a strong foundation for evaluating the costs and benefits of various proposals designed to control obesity rates.


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Introduction Michael Grossman and Naci Mocan
1 The Impact of Minimum Wage Rates on Body Weight in the United States David O Meltzer and Zhuo Chen
2 Does Health Insurance Make You Fat? Jay Bhattacharya M Kate Bundorf Noemi Pace and Neeraj Sood
3 Food Prices and the Dynamics of Body Weight Dana Goldman Darius Lakdawalla and Yuhui Zheng
4 Outcomes in a Program that Offers Financial Rewards for Weight Loss John Cawley and Joshua A Price
5 Economic Contextual Factors and Child Body Mass Index Lisa M Powell and Frank J Chaloupka
6 The Relationship between Perceptions of Neighborhood Characteristics and Obesity among Children Bisakha Sen Stephen Mennemeyer and Lisa C...
7 Studying the Child Obesity Epidemic with Natural Experiments Robert Sandy Gilbert Liu John Ottensmann Rusty Tchernis Jeff Wilson and O T F...
Economic and Policy Factors Melayne M McInnes and Judith A Shinogle
10 Effects of Weight on Adolescent Educational Attainment Robert Kaestner Michael Grossman and Benjamin Yarnoff
11 Where Does the Wage Penalty Bite? Christian A Gregory and Christopher J Ruhm
12 Obesity SelfEsteem and Wages Naci Mocan and Erdal Tekin
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Subject Index

8 Food Stamp Program and Consumption Choices Neeraj Kaushal and Qin Gao

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Michael Grossman is Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York Graduate Center and the program director for health economics at the NBER. Naci Mocan holds the Ourso Distinguished Chair of Economics at Louisiana State University and is a research associate of the NBER.



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