Do Menu Labeling Laws Translate into Results? Impacts on Population Obesity and Diabetes
10 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2016
Date Written: May 25, 2016
We separately use the difference-in-differences technique and the synthetic control method on county-level data to test the impact of mandatory menu labeling laws on obesity and diabetes rates. Results show a decline in the growth of obesity rates following passage of the law at the state level in California and for six counties on the East Coast. We identify no significant impact to diabetes rates.
Keywords: Obesity, health, calories, menus
JEL Classification: I12, I18
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