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Physical Activity and Policy Recommendations: A Social Multiplier Approach

Catarina Goulao () and Emmanuel Thibault ()
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Catarina Goulao: GREMAQ - Groupe de recherche en économie mathématique et quantitative - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - UT1 - Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées

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Abstract: We look at the effects of physical activity (PA) recommendation policies by considering a social multiplier model in which individuals differ in their concern for PA. The government can either observe this concern (and implement the First Best) or not (and implement a uniform policy). Whichever the type of policy implemented, while the welfare of individuals the most concerned with PA increases in the social multiplier, the welfare of those the least concerned may decrease in it. For a sufficiently high social multiplier, both government interventions improve the welfare of those most concerned with PA but worsen the welfare of the least concerned individuals if they are not too many. However, compared to the First Best, a uniform recommendation improves the welfare of those most concerned with PA more than it reduces the welfare of those least concerned.

Keywords: physical activity; peer effects; long term care (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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Published in The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy Advances, Gruyter, 2014, 14 (2), pp.577-612. ⟨10.1515/bejeap-2012-0075⟩

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DOI: 10.1515/bejeap-2012-0075

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