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'Globesity'? the effects of globalization on obesity and caloric intake

Costa-Font, Joan ORCID: 0000-0001-7174-7919 and Mas, Núria (2014) 'Globesity'? the effects of globalization on obesity and caloric intake. CESifo working paper series (4982). The CESifo Group, Munich, Germany.

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This study considers the effects of globalization, in its economic and social dimensions, on obesity and caloric intake. In assessing these effects using longitudinal analysis, this study adopts an extensive list of controls to account for compositional changes and effects, as well as different specifications. The results suggest a robust association between globalization and both obesity and caloric intake. A one standard deviation increase in globalization is associated with a 20 percent increase in obese population and a 4 percent rise in calorie intake. The effect remains statistically significant even with an instrument variable strategy, a lagged structure, and corrections for panel standard errors. The primary driver is social globalization, and specifically the effects of changes in information flows and social proximity. A one standard deviation increase in social globalization increased the percentage of obese population by 14.5 percent and the consumption of calories by 2.8 percent, respectively.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: European Institute
Social Policy
Centre for Economic Performance
Health Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I12 - Health Production: Nutrition, Mortality, Morbidity, Suicide, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Disability, and Economic Behavior
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
P - Economic Systems > P4 - Other Economic Systems > P46 - Consumer Economics; Welfare and Poverty
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 11:38
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:03
Funders: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Ifo Institute for Economic Research

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