NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

The Effect of Fast Food Restaurants on Obesity and Weight Gain

Janet Currie, Stefano DellaVigna, Enrico Moretti, Vikram Pathania

NBER Working Paper No. 14721
Issued in February 2009

---- Acknowledgements -----

The authors thank John Cawley, the editor, two anonymous referees and participants in seminars at the NBER Summer Institute, the 2009 AEA Meetings, the ASSA 2009 Meetings, the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Chicago, the FTC, the New School, the Tinbergen Institute, UC Davis, the Rady School at UCSD, and Williams College for helpful comments. We thank Joshua Goodman, Cecilia Machado, Emilia Simeonova, Johannes Schmeider, and Xiaoyu Xia for excellent research assistance. We thank Glenn Copeland of the Michigan Dept. of Community Health, Katherine Hempstead and Matthew Weinberg of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, and Rachelle Moore of the Texas Dept. of State Health Services for their help in accessing the data. The authors are solely responsible for the use that has been made of the data and for the contents of this article. 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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