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Does a Slump Really Make You Thinner? Finnish Micro-level Evidence 1978-2002

Petri Böckerman (), Edvard Johansson (), Satu Helakorpi, Ritva Prättälä and Erkki Vartiainen Antti Uutela
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Satu Helakorpi: National Public Health Institute
Ritva Prättälä: National Public Health Institute
Erkki Vartiainen Antti Uutela: National Public Health Institute

Labor and Demography from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This paper explores the relationship between obesity and economic conditions in Finland, using individual microdata from 1978 to 2002. The results reveal that an improvement in regional economic conditions measured by the employment-to-population ratio produces a decrease in obesity over the period of investigation, other things being equal. This effect arises from the decline in the height-adjusted weight of people who are deeply overweight, (BMI>35). In addition, the effect is strongest for the people in later middle age (aged 45-65). The incidence of obesity is unrelated to the regional growth rate. All in all, the Finnish evidence presented does not support the conclusions reported for the USA, according to which temporary economic slowdowns are good for health. In contrast, at least overweight increases during slumps.

Keywords: overweight; business cycles; health (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E32 I12 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2005-05-13
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Journal Article: Does a slump really make you thinner? Finnish micro‐level evidence 1978–2002 (2007) Downloads
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