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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

D. Sebastian Tello-Trillo

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Polic
University of Virginia
Charlotesville, VA 22903

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May 2015Do ‘Cheeseburger Bills’ Work? Effects of Tort Reform for Fast Food
with Christopher S. Carpenter: w21170
After highly publicized lawsuits against McDonald’s in 2002, 26 states adopted Commonsense Consumption Acts (CCAs) – aka ‘Cheeseburger Bills’ – that greatly limit fast food companies’ liability for weight-related harms. We provide the first evidence of the effects of CCAs using plausibly exogenous variation in the timing of CCA adoption across states. In two-way fixed effects models, we find that CCAs significantly increased stated attempts to lose weight and consumption of fruits and vegetables among heavy individuals. We also find some evidence that CCAs increased employment in fast food. Finally, we find that CCAs significantly increased the number of company-owned McDonald’s restaurants and decreased the number of franchise-owned McDonald’s restaurants in a state. Overall our resu...

Published: Christopher S. Carpenter & D. Sebastian Tello-Trillo, 2015. "Do Cheeseburger Bills Work? Effects of Tort Reform for Fast Food," The Journal of Law and Economics, vol 58(4), pages 805-827.

 
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