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Fat Economics: Nutrition, Health, and Economic Policy

Mario Mazzocchi, W. Bruce Traill, and Jason F. Shogren

Abstract

The obesity epidemic and the growing debate about what, if any, public health policy should be adopted is the subject of endless debates within the media and in governments around the world. Whilst much has been written on the subject, this book takes a unique approach by looking at the obesity epidemic from an economic perspective. Written in a language accessible to non-specialists, the authors provide a timely discussion of evolving nutrition policies in both the developing and developed world, discuss the factors influencing supply and demand of food supply, and review the evidence for var ... More

Keywords: obesity, public health policy, economic model, nutrition policy, utility maximisation, market failures, behavioural failures, government intervention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199213856
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213856.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mario Mazzocchi, author
Lecturer in Economic Policy, University of Bologna

W. Bruce Traill, author
Professor in Food Economics, University of Reading

Jason F. Shogren, author
Stroock Distinguished Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Management, Professor of Economics, University of Wyoming