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Is the Obesity Epidemic a Public Health Problem? A Decade of Research on the Economics of Obesity

Tomas Philipson, Richard Posner

NBER Working Paper No. 14010
Issued in May 2008
NBER Program(s):      HE

The world-wide and ongoing rise in obesity has generated enormous popular interest and policy concern in developing countries, where it is rapidly becoming the major public health problem facing such nations. As a consequence, there has been a rapidly growing field of economic analysis of the causes and consequences of this phenomenon. This paper discusses some of the central themes of this decade long research program, aiming at synthesizing the different strands of the literature, and to point to future research that seems particularly productive.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w14010

Published: Tomas J. Philipson & Richard A. Posner, 2008. "Is the Obesity Epidemic a Public Health Problem? A Review of Zoltan J. Acs and Alan Lyles's Obesity, Business and Public Policy," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 46(4), pages 974-82, December.

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