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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 5 No. 2 (April 2013)

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Young Adult Obesity and Household Income: Effects of Unconditional Cash Transfers

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Akee, Randall, Emilia Simeonova, William Copeland, Adrian Angold, and E. Jane Costello. 2013. "Young Adult Obesity and Household Income: Effects of Unconditional Cash Transfers." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5(2): 1-28.

DOI: 10.1257/app.5.2.1

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We investigate the effect of household cash transfers during childhood on young adult body mass indexes (BMI). The effects of extra income differ depending on the household’s initial socioeconomic status (SES). Children from the initially poorest households have a larger increase in BMI relative to children from initially wealthier households. Several alternative mechanisms are examined. Initial SES holds up as the most likely channel behind the heterogeneous effects of extra income on young adult BMI. (JEL D14, H23, H75, I12, J13, J15)

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Akee, Randall (UCLA)
Simeonova, Emilia (Tufts U and Center for Health and Wellbeing, Princeton U)
Copeland, William (Duke U Medical Center)
Angold, Adrian (Duke U Medical Center)
Costello, E. Jane (Duke U Medical Center)

JEL Classifications

D14: Personal Finance
H23: Taxation and Subsidies: Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
H75: State and Local Government: Health; Education; Welfare; Public Pensions
I12: Health Production
J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J15: Economics of Minorities, Races, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination

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