EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Fat city: The relationship between urban sprawl and obesity

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

No 2007-01, Working Papers from Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales

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 neighborhoods. Our results indicate that current interest in changing the built environment to counter the rise in obesity is misguided.

Keywords: urban sprawl; obesity; selection effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 R14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007-02-19
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo and nep-ure
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Published in Journal of Urban Economics 63(2), March 2008: 385-404

Downloads: (external link)
http://repec.imdea.org/pdf/imdea-wp2007-01.pdf (application/pdf)
Our link check indicates that this URL is bad, the error code is: 500 Can't connect to repec.imdea.org:80 (A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond.)

Related works:
Working Paper: Fat City: The Relationship Between Urban Sprawl and Obesity (2006) Downloads
Working Paper: Fat city: the relationship between urban sprawl and obesity (2006) Downloads
Working Paper: Fat City: The Relationship Between Urban Sprawl and Obesity (2006) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:imd:wpaper:wp2007-01

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers from Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by IMDEA RePEc Maintainer ().

 
Page updated 2020-03-30
Handle: RePEc:imd:wpaper:wp2007-01