NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Impatience, Incentives, and Obesity

Charles J. Courtemanche, Garth Heutel, Patrick McAlvanah

NBER Working Paper No. 17483
Issued in October 2011

---- Acknowledgements -----

This research was conducted using restricted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The views expressed in this paper do not reflect those of the BLS. We thank Dan Becker, Tim Classen, Michael Grossman, Stephen Holland, Debra Holt, Pauline Ippolito, Brian Rowe, Chris Ruhm, Ken Snowden, Chris Wheeler, Erez Yoeli, and Harry Zhang for helpful comments. We also thank seminar participants at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Yale University, Federal Trade Commission, Canadian Competition Bureau, National Bureau of Economic Research Health Economics Program Spring Meeting, International Health Economics Association World Congress, and Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting for useful feedback. Cody Reinhardt and Xilin Zhou provided excellent research assistance.

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