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Is the intergenerational transmission of overweight 'gender assortative'?

Joan Costa-Font and Mireia Jofre-Bonet

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

Abstract: Using almost two decades worth of data from the Health Survey for England, that contain representative records of clinically measured weight and height, this paper studies whether parents and children's overweight (including obesity) is ‘gender assortative’. Our findings suggest that the intergenerational transmission of parent's overweight differs by children's sex and is statistically different for fathers and mothers. Gender assortative overweight is stronger among pre-school age and school-aged children. The parent-child associations are large and precisely estimated, heterogeneous by children's age and sex and stronger among white children and children of older parents. These results suggest there is a gender assortative intergenerational association of overweight.

Keywords: Gender-assortative transmission; Gender assortative; Child obesity; Child overweight; Role models; Inter-generational transmission (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 9 pages
Date: 2020-12-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-hea, nep-ltv and nep-neu
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Published in Economics and Human Biology, 1, December, 2020, 39. ISSN: 1570-677X

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