Do Neighborhood Parks/Playgrounds Reduce Childhood Obesity?

American Journal of Agricultural Economics, August 2013

42 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2014

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Maoyong Fan

Ball State University - Department of Economics

Yanhong Jin

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick/Piscataway

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Using the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health data,we find a statistically and economically significant effect of neighborhood parks and playgrounds on childhood obesity based on covariate matching estimators. The park/playground effect depends on gender, age, race, household income, neighborhood safety, and other neighborhood amenities. The results suggest that adding a neighborhood park/playground may reduce the obesity rate and make children more fit, but relevant interventions must consider socioeconomic status of the targeted children as well as other neighborhood amenities.

Keywords: childhood obesity, park/playground, neighborhood amenity, covariate matching

JEL Classification: I18, I38, R53

Suggested Citation

Fan, Maoyong and Jin, Yanhong, Do Neighborhood Parks/Playgrounds Reduce Childhood Obesity? (2013). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, August 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2542367

Maoyong Fan (Contact Author)

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Yanhong Jin

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick/Piscataway ( email )

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New Brunswick, NJ 08901
United States

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