Body mass index in families : spousal correlation , endogeneity , and intergenerational transmission

  title={Body mass index in families : spousal correlation , endogeneity , and intergenerational transmission},
  author={Jason Abrevaya and H. Tang},
Previous studies have documented spousal and intergenerational correlations in body mass index (BMI) but few have considered familial weight data augmented with socioeconomic and behavioral control variables. This article considers a U.S. dataset that contains such information on husbands, wives, and grown children. Although certain variables (like education, race, and smoking status) are helpful in explaining an individual’s BMI, the BMI of one’s spouse (or parents) remains the most… CONTINUE READING


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