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Is body weight better distributed among men than among women? A robust normative analysis for France, the UK, and the US

Fatiha Bennia, Nicolas Gravel (), Brice Magdalou () and Patrick Moyes

Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2022, vol. 124, issue 1, 69-103

Abstract: We compare distributions of body mass index (BMI) categories among genders in France, the United States, and the United Kingdom on the basis of efficiency and inequality considerations. The new normative criteria that we propose are well suited to the ordinal nature of this variable. Our empirical results, which are supported by robust statistical inference, are twofold. First, BMI categories for the two genders are better distributed in France than in the UK, and in the UK than in the US. Second, BMI categories happen to be more equally distributed among men than among women in all three countries.

Date: 2022
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