Young Adult Obesity and Household Income: Effects of Unconditional Cash Transfers.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We investigate the effect of household cash transfers during childhood on young adult body mass indexes (BMI). The effects of extra income differ depending on the household's initial socioeconomic status (SES). Children from the initially poorest households have a larger increase in BMI relative to children from initially wealthier households. Several alternative mechanisms are examined. Initial SES holds up as the most likely channel behind the heterogeneous effects of extra income on young adult BMI. (JEL D14, H23, H75, I12, J13, J15).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Akee, R; Simeonova, E; Copeland, W; Angold, A; Costello, EJ

Published Date

  • April 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 28

PubMed ID

  • 24707346

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24707346

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1945-7782

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1257/app.5.2.1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States