Do Neighborhood Parks and Playgrounds Reduce Childhood Obesity?

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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: January 2014

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

Suggested Citation

Fan, Maoyong and Jin, Yanhong, Do Neighborhood Parks and Playgrounds Reduce Childhood Obesity? (January 2014). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 96, Issue 1, pp. 26-42, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3573666 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aat047

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