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Can nutritional label use influence body weight outcomes?

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  • Andreas Drichoutis

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    (Department of Economics, University of Ioannina, Greece)

  • Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr.

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    (Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness, University of Arkansas, USA)

  • Panagiotis Lazaridis

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    (Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece)

Abstract

Nutritional labeling has been of much interest to policy makers and health advocates due to rising obesity trends. So can nutritional label use really help reduce body weight outcomes? This study evaluates the impact of nutritional label use on body weight using the propensity score matching technique. We conducted a series of tests related to variable choice of the propensity score specification, quality of matching indicators, robustness checks, and sensitivity to unobserved heterogeneity using Rosenbaum bounds to validate our propensity score exercise. Our results generally suggest that nutritional label use does not affect body mass index. Implications of our findings are discussed.

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Paper provided by Agricultural University of Athens, Department Of Agricultural Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2009-05.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:aua:wpaper:2009-05

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Keywords: Nutritional Labels; Body Mass Index; Propensity Score Matching; sensitivity analysis;

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  1. ViËśnoles, Maria V. & You, Wen & Nayga, Rodolfo M. Jr., 2013. "Parental Nutrition Label Usage and Children's Dietary-related Outcomes," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 151274, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  2. Giorgio Brunello & Maria De Paola & Giovanna Labartino, 2012. "More Apples Less Chips? The Effect of School Fruit Schemes on the Consumption of Junk Food," ISER Discussion Paper 0840, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
  3. Georgia S. Papoutsi & Andreas C. Drichoutis & Rodolfo M. Nayga Jr., 2013. "The Causes Of Childhood Obesity: A Survey," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 27(4), pages 743-767, 09.
  4. Chang, Hung-Hao & Nayga Jr., Rodolfo M., 2011. "Mother's nutritional label use and children's body weight," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 171-178, April.
  5. Schroeter, Christiane & Anders, Sven M., 2013. "Nutrition Label Usage, Diet Health Behavior, and Information Uncertainty," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 151214, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  6. Ehmke, Mariah D. & Willson, Tina M. & Schroeter, Christiane & Hart, Ann Marie & Coupal, Roger H., 2009. "Obesity Economics for the Western United States," Western Economics Forum, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 8(02).
  7. House, Lisa & Kim, Hyeyoung & Gao, Zhifeng & Rampersaud, Gail S., 2011. "Beverage Front of Package Nutrition Labels and Consumer Perception of Nutrition Information," 2011 Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 109190, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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