Food deserts and childhood obesity

Pedro A. Alviola, Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr, Michael Thomsen

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Abstract

We utilize a panel data set from 2007 to 2009 on the state of Arkansas to identify and determine the effect of food deserts on school district obesity rates. We define food deserts as low-income areas with limited food access. Using both classical panel data models and spatial error models, we find no statistically significant relationship between school district obesity rates and the existence of food deserts in Arkansas. This finding is consistent across different model specifications, in spatial, panel or cross-sectional analysis, and with or without urban school districts in the data.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberpps035
Pages (from-to)106-124
Number of pages19
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Mar 1
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Childhood obesity
  • Food deserts
  • Panel regression methods
  • Panel spatial error models

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  • Economics and Econometrics
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Alviola, P. A., Nayga, Jr, R. M., & Thomsen, M. (2013). Food deserts and childhood obesity. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 35(1), 106-124. [pps035]. https://doi.org/10.1093/aepp/pps035

Food deserts and childhood obesity. / Alviola, Pedro A.; Nayga, Jr, Rodolfo M.; Thomsen, Michael.

In: Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Vol. 35, No. 1, pps035, 01.03.2013, p. 106-124.

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Alviola, PA, Nayga, Jr, RM & Thomsen, M 2013, 'Food deserts and childhood obesity', Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, vol. 35, no. 1, pps035, pp. 106-124. https://doi.org/10.1093/aepp/pps035
Alviola PA, Nayga, Jr RM, Thomsen M. Food deserts and childhood obesity. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. 2013 Mar 1;35(1):106-124. pps035. https://doi.org/10.1093/aepp/pps035
Alviola, Pedro A. ; Nayga, Jr, Rodolfo M. ; Thomsen, Michael. / Food deserts and childhood obesity. In: Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. 2013 ; Vol. 35, No. 1. pp. 106-124.
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