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Health is wealth: an empirical note across the US states

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  • Alexiadis, Stilianos
  • Eleftheriou, Konstantinos

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An attempt is made to establish the relation between risk-health factors (encapsulated in terms of obesity) and regional convergence, with special reference to the US states. The econometric results indicate that obesity does have an impact on regional growth and convergence. A preliminary examination of these findings shows harmful effects on the process of catching-up between ‘poor’ and ‘rich’ regions. Nevertheless, considerably more research is required before this relation can be discussed with confidence.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 33517.

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Keywords: Health risk factors; obesity; regional convergence; US states;

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