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Melayne McInnes

Department of Economics
Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina
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April 2011Physical Activity: Economic and Policy Factors
with Judith A. Shinogle
in Economic Aspects of Obesity, Michael Grossman and Naci H. Mocan, editors
June 2009Physical Activity: Economic and Policy Factors
with Judith A. Shinogle: w15039
While much research has focused on the costs of obesity and economic factors that drive obesity growth, little economic research has examined the factors that contribute to obesity -- physical inactivity and poor nutrition. This paper will examine correlates and predictors of physical activity over time with emphasis on economic factors. We use data for adults from the 2000-2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey that includes state and county codes for each individual that allows us to add supplementary data on state beer and cigarette taxes, local transportation costs, availability of gyms and recreational facilities, county unemployment, crime rates, and prices of related goods. We find that income and education has a strong and consistently positive effect on ...

Published: Physical Activity: Economic and Policy Factors, Melayne M. McInnes, Judith A. Shinogle. in Economic Aspects of Obesity, Grossman and Mocan. 2011

 
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