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Vertical transmission of overweight: evidence from English adoptees

Costa-Font, Joan, Jofre-Bonet, Mireia and Le Grand, Julian (2016) Vertical transmission of overweight: evidence from English adoptees. CEP Discussion Papers (CEPDP1324). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

We examine the vertical transmission of overweight drawing upon a sample of English children, both adopted and non-adopted, and their families. Our results suggest strong evidence of an intergenerational association of overweight among adoptees, indicating transmission through cultural factors. We find that, when both adoptive parents are overweight, the likelihood of an adopted child being overweight is between 10% and 20% higher than when they are not. We also find that the cultural transmission of overweight is not aggravated by having a full-time working mother, so do not confirm the existence of a female labour market participation penalty on child overweight among adoptees. Overall, our findings, despite subject to data limitations, are robust to a battery of robustness checks, specification and sample selection corrections.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series.asp?...
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: European Institute
Social Policy
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D13 - Household Production and Intrahousehold Allocation
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Research centres and groups > LSE Health and Social Care
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2015 10:58
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2019 00:04
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60785

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