Labor Economics

Labor Economics

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Question: The economics of obesity

The government has recently become concerned about the economic forces behind the rise in obesity. How can economic models be used to understand the reasons for the
rise in obesity? What are the labor market consequence of the increase in obesity? What, if any, public policies should the government consider to reduce obesity

Suggested References:

“Impatience, Incentives, and Obesity” Economic Journal, Vol125(582), pp.1-31

“The impact of obesity on wages” Journal of human resources, 39(2): 541-474

“The economics of obesity” NBER reporter, National Bureau of Economic Research., Issue 4, pp. 7-10

“Grazing, goods, and girth: Determinants and Effects” IZA discussion paper 4378

“Understanding obesity and overeating” Journal of health economics, 31(6), P. 781-796


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