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Social interactions and the contemporaneous determinants of individuals’ weight

Costa-i-Font, Joan and Gil, Joan (2004) Social interactions and the contemporaneous determinants of individuals’ weight. Working Papers, 2004-19. Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

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Identification Number: 2004-19


Obesity and overweight are central issues in the public health debate in most developed countries. In this debate, some of the socio-economic determinants of obesity and overweight are still relatively unexplored. This paper presents an empirical examination of the possible influence of social interactions on contemporaneous obesity and (over)underweight. We apply a joint estimation model for obesity and self-image to a sample for Spain taken from the European Union household panel for 1998. Our results suggest that obesity might be in part a social phenomenon connected to individuals’ social life

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2004 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2011 14:13
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2011 14:13

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