The first chapter of this dissertation tests for addiction to food. This is the first empirical study using nationally representative data to do so. Data show that many common foods are addictive, suggesting that prices play a larger role in food consumption than previously thought. The finding of significant addiction also suggests that targeted food taxes may provide effective instruments for reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity.The economic consequences of childhood obesity are well documented. These consequences are immediate because obese children develop health problems leading to higher medical expenditures and worse educational outcomes.12anbsp;...
|Title||:||Three Essays in Health Economics|
|Author||:||Stephen Ransom Barnes|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|