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A Spatial Economic Analysis of Urban Land Use and Obesity

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  • Andrew J. Plantinga
  • Stephanie Bernell
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    We analyze an urban spatial model to examine the possible link between urban land use and obesity. Households maximize utility defined over housing, weight, and food subject to a fixed time budget allocated to commuting, calorie expenditure, and work. Our model explains the observed correspondence between high obesity rates and low development densities, but implies that these are determined endogenously in a spatial market equilibrium. We study the sorting of residents by attributes such as income, initial weight, and weight preferences, and examine the impacts on weight and density of urban design modifications that lower the costs of calorie expenditure. Copyright Blackwell Publishers, 2005

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Journal of Regional Science.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 473-492

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    1. Cho, Seong-Hoon & Kim, Seung Gyu & Roberts, Roland K., 2009. "Measuring the Effects of a Land Value Tax on Land Development," 2009 Annual Meeting, January 31-February 3, 2009, Atlanta, Georgia 46760, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    2. Anura Amarasinghe & Gerard D'Souza & Cheryl Brown & Tatiana Borisova, 2006. "A Spatial Analysis of Obesity in West Virginia," Working Papers 200613, Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University.

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