CitationYang, M. & Huang, R. (2014). Asymmetric association between exposure to obesity and weight gain among adolescents. Eastern Economic Journal. vol. 40 (1) pp. 96-118
AbstractUsing data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we provide empirical evidence that an individual's weight gain is associated with an increase in the number of obese friends, but a decrease in that number is not associated with weight loss. Previous studies of peer effects in body weight have tended to assume that peer effects operate symmetrically. We extend that literature by highlighting an asymmetric association between exposure to obesity and body weight, which suggests a possibility of an endogenous growth of obesity on the basis of the asymmetric peer effect in body weight. © 2014 EEA.
NotesExport Date: 3 January 2014
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleEastern Economic Journal