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Heterogeneity in Place Effects on Health: The Case of Time Preferences and Adolescent Obesity

Ashlesha Datar, Nancy Nicosia and Anya Samek

No 29935, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We leverage a natural experiment in combination with data on adolescents’ time preferences to assess whether there is heterogeneity in place effects on adolescent obesity. We exploit the plausibly exogenous assignment of military servicemembers, and consequently their children, to different installations to identify place effects. Adolescents’ time preferences are measured by a validated survey scale. Using the obesity rate in the assigned installation county as a summary measure of its obesity-related environments, we show that exposure to counties with higher obesity rates increases the likelihood of obesity among less patient adolescents but not among their more patient counterparts.

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Date: 2022-04
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