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 householdâ€™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)
Akee, Randall, Emilia Simeonova, William Copeland, Adrian Angold, and E. Jane Costello.
"Young Adult Obesity and Household Income: Effects of Unconditional Cash Transfers."
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
Taxation and Subsidies: Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
State and Local Government: Health; Education; Welfare; Public Pensions
Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
Economics of Minorities, Races, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination