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Roommate effects in health outcomes

Paul Frijters (), Asad Islam, Chitwan Lalji and Debayan Pakrashi

LSE Research Online Documents on Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library

Abstract: We use randomized roommate assignment in dormitories in a college in Kolkata in India to examine peer effects in weight gains among roommates. We use administrative data on weight, height, and test scores of students at the time of college admission and then survey these students at the end of their first and second years in college. We do not find any significant roommate specific peer effect in weight gain. Our results rather suggest that an obese roommate reduces the probability that the other roommates become obese in subsequent years. We examine potential mechanism using survey data on students' eating habits, smoking, exercise, and sleeping patterns. We find that obese roommates sleep longer, which in turn improves the sleep pattern of others, which might explain the weak negative effect of obese roommates on the weight of others in the same room.

Keywords: health outcomes; obesity; peer effects; random dormitory assignment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D90 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2019-08-01
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Published in Health Economics (United Kingdom), 1, August, 2019, 28(8), pp. 998 - 1034. ISSN: 1057-9230

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