Do Neighborhood Parks/Playgrounds Reduce Childhood Obesity?
American Journal of Agricultural Economics, August 2013
42 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2014
Date Written: 2013
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
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