Health Economics Letter
THE IMPACT OF MACROECONOMIC CONDITIONS ON OBESITY IN CANADA
Article first published online: 3 JUL 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 23, Issue 6, pages 751–759, June 2014
How to Cite
Latif, E. (2014), THE IMPACT OF MACROECONOMIC CONDITIONS ON OBESITY IN CANADA. Health Econ., 23: 751–759. doi: 10.1002/hec.2946
- Issue published online: 6 MAY 2014
- Article first published online: 3 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 APR 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 12 APR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 21 AUG 2012
The paper used longitudinal Canadian data from the National Population Health Survey to estimate the impact of macroeconomic conditions measured by provincial unemployment rate on individual obesity and BMI. To control for individual-specific unobserved heterogeneity, the study utilized the conditional fixed effect logit and fixed effects models. The study found that unemployment rate had a significant positive impact on the probability of being severely obese. The study also found that unemployment rate significantly increased BMI. However, the study did not find any significant impact of unemployment rate on the probability of being overweight or obese. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.