Project: The Economics of Obesity in the NLSY79 Panel
Award Year: 2008
Amount of award, fiscal 2008: $50,000.00
Institution: Iowa State University
Principal Investigator: Wallace Huffman
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: The objectives of this cooperative research study are to (1) develop a refined econometric model to explain young adult's health outcomes as reflected in obesity, Body Mass Index (BMI), or weight for height, (2) develop a refined panel data set that has the potential for identifying causal relationships, (3) build upon previous FANRP work by augmenting National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79) cohort with geo-coded information on local market conditions and other factors, (4) fit the model to refined panel data and prepare a summary with an interpretation of the results, and (5) develop a set of recommendations for future policies that would mitigate tendencies for obesity in adults.
Topic: Obesity
Chen, Y. and W. Huffman. “Reading Food Labels, Food Prices and Adult Lifestyle Choices: Regular Physical Activity and Healthy Weight,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 93, Issue 2, January 2011.
Huang, Y., W. Huffman and A. Tegene, "Impacts of Economics and Psychological Factors on Women's Obesity and Food Assistance Program Participation: Evidence from the NLSY." American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 94, Issue 2, January 2012.
Huffman, W. “Household Production Models and the Demand for Food and Other Inputs: U.S. Evidence.” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 36, No. 3, December 2011.
Huffman, W. “Household Production Theory and Models.” In Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy, J. Lusk, J. Roosen,and J. Shogren, eds., Oxford, UK, September 2011.