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Trans fat and cardiovascular disease mortality: Evidence from bans in restaurants in New York

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  • Restrepo, Brandon J.
  • Rieger, Matthias

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This paper analyzes the impact of trans fat bans on cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality rates. Several New York State jurisdictions have restricted the use of ingredients containing artificial trans fat in food service establishments. The resulting within-county variation over time and the differential timing of the policy's rollout is used in estimation. The results indicate that the policy caused a 4.5% reduction in CVD mortality rates, or 13 fewer CVD deaths per 100,000 persons per year. The averted deaths can be valued at about $3.9 million per 100,000 persons annually.

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  • Restrepo, Brandon J. & Rieger, Matthias, 2016. "Trans fat and cardiovascular disease mortality: Evidence from bans in restaurants in New York," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 176-196.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jhecon:v:45:y:2016:i:c:p:176-196
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2015.09.005
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    1. Pichler, Stefan & Ziebarth, Nicolas R., 2016. "Labor Market Effects of US Sick Pay Mandates," IZA Discussion Papers 9867, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Keywords

    Trans fat; Restaurant; Ban; Cardiovascular disease; Mortality;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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