Food away from home expenditures and obesity among older Europeans: Are there gender differences?

Andreas C. Drichoutis, Rodolfo M. Nayga, Panagiotis Lazaridis

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Abstract

Older people (i. e., at least 50 years of age) are becoming one of the most important demographic groups in the world. We explore the effect of food away from home expenditures on obesity among the older population in Europe using instrumental variable methods. Several statistical tests were conducted to assess endogeneity of selected variables, the exogeneity, relevance, and validity of instruments used. Our results generally suggest that food-away-from-home expenditure has no statistically significant effect on body mass index (BMI) of older males but is negatively related to BMI of older females.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1051-1078
Number of pages28
JournalEmpirical Economics
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun

Keywords

  • Body Mass Index
  • Food expenditures
  • GMM
  • Instrumental variables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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