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Anthropometric Mobility During Childhood

  • Millimet, Daniel L.

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    (Southern Methodist University)

  • Tchernis, Rusty

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    (Georgia State University)

While childhood obesity has become a significant public health concern over the last few decades, knowledge concerning the origins of or persistence in childhood anthropometric measures is incomplete. Here, we utilize several nonparametric measures of mobility to assess the evolution of weight, height, and body mass index during early childhood. We find that mobility is quite high prior to primary school and then declines noticeably. However, there are important sources of heterogeneity, including race, gender, and age, that should prove insightful to researchers and policymakers.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7453.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2013
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Publication status: forthcoming as 'Persistence in Body Mass Index in a Recent Cohort of US Children' in: Economics an Human Biology, 2014
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7453
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  1. Cawley, John & Meyerhoefer, Chad, 2012. "The medical care costs of obesity: An instrumental variables approach," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 219-230.
  2. Debopam Bhattacharya & Bhashkar Mazumder, 2011. "A nonparametric analysis of black–white differences in intergenerational income mobility in the United States," Quantitative Economics, Econometric Society, vol. 2(3), pages 335-379, November.
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