Climate Preferences, Obesity, and Unobserved Heterogeneity in Cities

Anthony M. Yezer, Stephen J. Popick
2017 The Review of Regional Studies  
Some sources of heterogeneity among cities, i.e. age, gender, race, income, and education, have been the object of substantial inquiry. The reasons are obvious. These differences are easily observed and may have important implications for economic activity. This study considers another potentially important population characteristic, obesity. Descriptive statistics reveal that the intercity variance in obesity rates is substantial. Empirical results demonstrate that demographic and regional
more » ... ity variables all help to explain intercity differences in obesity. Because obesity is important for climate preferences, health, and productivity, its omission from previous studies and its correlation with amenity and demographic characteristics could create problems for empirical research.
doi:10.52324/001c.8017 fatcat:ruayzmem5fbbrackwlcw6syvna