EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

The effect of fast-food restaurants on childhood obesity: A school level analysis

Pedro Alviola, Rodolfo Nayga (), Michael R. Thomsen, Diana Danforth and James Smartt

Economics & Human Biology, 2014, vol. 12, issue C, 110-119

Abstract: We analyze, using an instrumental variable approach, the effect of the number of fast-food restaurants on school level obesity rates in Arkansas. Using distance to the nearest major highway as an instrument, our results suggest that exposure to fast-food restaurants can impact weight outcomes. Specifically, we find that the number of fast-food restaurants within a mile from the school can significantly affect school level obesity rates.

Keywords: Childhood obesity; Fast-food restaurants; Schools; Instrumental variables (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (24) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1570677X13000403
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:12:y:2014:i:c:p:110-119

DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2013.05.001

Access Statistics for this article

Economics & Human Biology is currently edited by J. Komlos, Inas R Kelly and Joerg Baten

More articles in Economics & Human Biology from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Catherine Liu ().

 
Page updated 2022-05-31
Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:12:y:2014:i:c:p:110-119