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Do Changes in the Minimum Wage Impact Obesity in the U.S.?


Chad D. Cotti


University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Nathan Tefft


University of Washington - Department of Health Services; University of Washington - Department of Economics

September 27, 2009


Abstract:     
We investigate how changes in federal and state minimum wages affect body mass index and the probability of obesity using data from the 1990 through 2008 waves of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. After controlling for unobserved trends at the state level we find that, in contrast to previous work that only accounts for state and year fixed effects, there is a positive relationship between the minimum wage and both mean body mass index and the probability of being obese. Further, we offer the first comprehensive analysis of the price and income components of the minimum wage effect.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: minimum wage, obesity

JEL Classification: I1, J38

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Date posted: September 28, 2009  

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Cotti, Chad D. and Tefft, Nathan, Do Changes in the Minimum Wage Impact Obesity in the U.S.? (September 27, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1479307 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1479307

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Chad D. Cotti
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh ( email )
800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI WI 54901
United States
Nathan Tefft (Contact Author)
University of Washington - Department of Health Services ( email )
1959 NE Pacific St
Box 357660
Seattle, WA 98195
United States
University of Washington - Department of Economics ( email )
Box 353330
Seattle, WA 98195-3330
United States
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