New PDF release: Economic Aspects of Obesity

By Michael Grossman, Naci Mocan

ISBN-10: 0226310094

ISBN-13: 9780226310091

In the prior 3 a long time, the variety of overweight adults within the usa has doubled and the variety of overweight kids virtually tripled, which could result in elevated clinical bills, productiveness loss, and pressure at the healthiness care procedure. monetary research now indicates that weight achieve is the results of person offerings in line with monetary environments and demonstrates that incentives can impression person behaviors affecting weight. Determinants are assorted and contain yr- and area-specific nutrition costs, availability of meals shops and leisure amenities, medical health insurance, and minimal salary degrees. well timed and demanding, Economic features of Obesity presents a robust starting place for comparing the prices and advantages of assorted proposals designed to manage weight problems premiums.


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The welfare loss due to the obesity externality depends upon both the size of the subsidy and upon the extent to which body weight decisions are distorted on the margin by the subsidy—that is, does coverage with pooled health insurance cause enrollees to gain weight? If the answer is no, and there is no moral hazard of this sort caused by insurance coverage, then the subsidy induced by one person’s obesity would simply represent a transfer from the thinner individuals in his insurance pool to the obese person, with no net effect on social welfare.

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Data for BRFSS 5. CDC (1984–2006). The Impact of Minimum Wage Rates on Body Weight in the United States 21 is collected by state health departments using computer assisted telephone interviewing with coordination by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When data collection for BRFSS began, only fifteen states participated. However, by 1994, all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and three territories participated. The 1984 to 2006 BRFSS includes 3,256,947 valid interview records.

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