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Fat City: Questioning the Relationship Between Urban Sprawl and Obesity

Jean Eid (), Henry Overman (), Diego Puga () and Matthew Turner ()

No 6191, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: We study the relationship between urban sprawl and obesity. Using data that tracks individuals over time, we find no evidence that urban sprawl causes obesity. We show that previous findings of a positive relationship most likely reflect a failure to properly control for the fact the individuals who are more likely to be obese choose to live in more sprawling neighbourhoods. Our results indicate that current interest in changing the built environment to counter the rise in obesity is misguided.

Keywords: obesity; selection effects; urban sprawl (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 R14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007-03
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