Using a panel dataset at the grade level from Arkansas public schools, this study finds that changes in the obesity prevalence at the oldest grade are associated with changes in obesity prevalence at younger grades. Furthermore, analysis across different school types shows that the peer effects are statistically significant but the magnitude of the effect is greater in kindergarten to fourth-grade schools than in kindergarten to sixth-grade schools. We also use tests on spatial and temporal dimensions, as well as by weight status grouping, to provide evidence that these peer effects are more than just a statistical correlation.
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy|
|Publication status||Published - 2014 Sept|
- Childhood obesity
- Peer effects
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics