Youths at Nutritional Risk: Malnourished or Misnourished?
AbstractWe use data from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to examine the prevalence and determinants of poor nutritional outcomes among American youths. One strength of our analysis is that we focus on an array of nutritional outcomes, and we find in fact that the determinants of these outcomes vary considerably form outcome to outcome. We interpret our results using a model in which investments in health capital are affected by both resource constraints and a human capital production function that summarizes available nutrition information. We find that although many youths suffer from nutrient deficiencies, these conditions are not generally sensitive to measures of resource constraints, and hence are unlikely to be due solely to a shortage of food. Conversely, we find that our proxies for information matter. Our results suggest that broad-based policies designed to alter the composition of the diet may hold the greatest promise for addressing the nutritional problems of American youths.
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Date of creation: May 2000
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Publication status: published as Youths at Nutrition Risk: Malnourished or Misnourished? , Jay Bhattacharya, Janet Currie. in Risky Behavior among Youths: An Economic Analysis , Gruber. 2001
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- Jay Bhattacharya & Janet Currie, 2001. "Youths at Nutrition Risk: Malnourished or Misnourished?," NBER Chapters, in: Risky Behavior among Youths: An Economic Analysis, pages 483-522 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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- H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
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