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Reporting error in weight and its implications for bias in economic models

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  • Cawley, John
  • Maclean, Johanna Catherine
  • Hammer, Mette
  • Wintfeld, Neil

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Most research on the economic consequences of obesity uses data on self-reported weight, which contains reporting error that has the potential to bias coefficient estimates in economic models. The purpose of this paper is to measure the extent and characteristics of reporting error in weight, and to examine its impact on regression coefficients in models of the healthcare consequences of obesity.

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  • Cawley, John & Maclean, Johanna Catherine & Hammer, Mette & Wintfeld, Neil, 2015. "Reporting error in weight and its implications for bias in economic models," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 19(C), pages 27-44.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:19:y:2015:i:c:p:27-44
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2015.07.001
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