Obesity and moral hazard in demand for visits to physicians

Geir Waehler Gustavsen, Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr, Ximing Wu

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Abstract

In this article, we use count data regression with sample selection to analyze the effects and degree of moral hazard in demand for visits to physicians among groups of individuals with similar body mass index (BMI). Our results suggest that the effect of moral hazard on the demand for visits to doctors is increasing in BMI for men and for overweight and obese women. Moral hazard is highest among overweight men.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-633
Number of pages14
JournalContemporary Economic Policy
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes

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Obesity and moral hazard in demand for visits to physicians. / Gustavsen, Geir Waehler; Nayga, Jr, Rodolfo M.; Wu, Ximing.

In: Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 29, No. 4, 01.10.2011, p. 620-633.

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Gustavsen, Geir Waehler ; Nayga, Jr, Rodolfo M. ; Wu, Ximing. / Obesity and moral hazard in demand for visits to physicians. In: Contemporary Economic Policy. 2011 ; Vol. 29, No. 4. pp. 620-633.
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