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Childhood Disadvantage and Obesity: Is Nurture Trumping Nature?

Patricia M. Anderson, Kristin F. Butcher, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

NBER Working Paper No. 13479
Issued in October 2007

---- Acknowledgements -----

This research was funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. We thank them for their support but acknowledge that the findings and conclusions presented in this report are those of the authors alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Foundation. We thank Chris Rogers at NCHS for help accessing the confidential NHANES data, Qing Chang and Pauline Yu for helpful research assistance, and Jon Gruber, John Cawley, Doug Staiger, Bruce Sacerdote and participants in the Disadvantaged Youth Conference for helpful comments. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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