We analyze, using an instrumental variable approach, the effect of the number of fast-food restaurants on school level obesity rates in Arkansas. Using distance to the nearest major highway as an instrument, our results suggest that exposure to fast-food restaurants can impact weight outcomes. Specifically, we find that the number of fast-food restaurants within a mile from the school can significantly affect school level obesity rates.
- Childhood obesity
- Fast-food restaurants
- Instrumental variables
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)