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Is body weight better distributed among men than among women? A robust normative analysis for France, the UK and the US

Fatiha Bennia, Nicolas Gravel (), Brice Magdalou and Patrick Moyes
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Fatiha Bennia: SPMC - Santé Publique et maladies Chroniques : Qualité de vie Concepts, Usages et Limites, Déterminants - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - APHM - Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Marseille
Patrick Moyes: BSE - Bordeaux Sciences Economiques - UB - Université de Bordeaux - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Abstract: We compare distributions of Body Mass Index (BMI) categories among genders in France, the US and the UK on the basis of effciency and inequality considerations. The new normative criteria that we propose are well-suited to the ordinal nature of this variable. Our empirical results, which are supported by robust statistical inference, are twofolds. First, BMI categories are better distributed in France than in the UK, and in the UK than in the US for the two genders. Second, BMI categories happen to be more equally distributed among men than among women in all three countries.

Keywords: body mass index; equality; effciency; gender; ordinal (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022-01
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Published in Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2022, 124 (1), pp.69-103. ⟨10.1111/sjoe.12443⟩

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