Weight Gains from Trade in Foods: Evidence from Mexico

62 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2018 Last revised: 27 Aug 2021

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Osea Giuntella

University of Pittsburgh

Matthias Rieger

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Lorenzo Rotunno

Aix-Marseille University - Aix-Marseille School of Economics

Date Written: August 2018

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the effects of trade in foods on obesity in Mexico. To do so, we match data on Mexican food imports from the U.S. with anthropometric and food expenditure data. Our findings suggest that exposure to food imports from the U.S. explains about ten percent of the rise in obesity prevalence among Mexican women between 1988 and 2012. Pro-obesity effects are driven by areas more exposed to unhealthy food imports. We also find evidence in favour of a price mechanism. By linking trade flows to obesity, the paper sheds light on an important channel through which globalisation may affect health.

Suggested Citation

Giuntella, Osea and Rieger, Matthias and Rotunno, Lorenzo, Weight Gains from Trade in Foods: Evidence from Mexico (August 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3239278

Osea Giuntella (Contact Author)

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Matthias Rieger

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Lorenzo Rotunno

Aix-Marseille University - Aix-Marseille School of Economics ( email )

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France

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