OBESITY AND NUTRIENT CONSUMPTION: A RATIONAL ADDICTION?

This study tests for a rational addiction to food nutrients as a potential explanation for the obesity epidemic. A random coefficients (mixed) logit model applied to household scanner data finds evidence of a strong, forward-looking addiction to carbohydrates. Consequently, price-based policies may be effective in controlling excessive nutrient intake.


Issue Date:
2004
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/20079
Total Pages:
27
Series Statement:
Selected Paper




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