NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Imitative Obesity and Relative Utility

David G. Blanchflower, Andrew J. Oswald, Bert Van Landeghem

NBER Working Paper No. 14337
Issued in September 2008

---- Acknowledgements -----

We are grateful to Alois Stutzer for many helpful ideas on the topic of obesity, and to Gordon D.A. Brown for discussions on the possible role of ordinal rank in BMI. For valuable suggestions, we thank also John Cawley, Nicholas Christakis, Andrew Clark, Armin Falk, Amanda Goodall, Carol Graham, Nick Powdthavee, Dan Wilson, and participants at the 2008 NBER Health Economics and Health Policy Workshops and the 2008 EEA Milan Meeting. 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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