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Weight gains from trade in foods: Evidence from Mexico

Osea Giuntella
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Lorenzo Rotunno ()

No 6265, Working Paper from Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh

Abstract: This paper investigates the effects of trade in food on obesity in Mexico. We classifyMexican food imports from the U.S. into healthy and unhealthy and match thesewith anthropometric and food expenditure survey data. We exploit variation acrossMexican states in their exposure to food imports from the U.S.. We fi nd that imports ofunhealthy foods signi cantly contribute to the rise of obesity in Mexico. The empiricalevidence also suggests that unhealthy food imports may widen health disparitiesbetween education groups. By linking imports to food expenditure and obesity, thepaper sheds light on an important channel through which globalization may affecthealth.

Date: 2017-01
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