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Health is wealth: an empirical note across the US states

Stilianos Alexiadis and Konstantinos Eleftheriou

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: An attempt is made to establish the relation between risk-health factors (encapsulated in terms of obesity) and regional convergence, with special reference to the US states. The econometric results indicate that obesity does have an impact on regional growth and convergence. A preliminary examination of these findings shows harmful effects on the process of catching-up between ‘poor’ and ‘rich’ regions. Nevertheless, considerably more research is required before this relation can be discussed with confidence.

Keywords: Health risk factors; obesity; regional convergence; US states (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-02-26
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