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Limited Self-control, Obesity, and the Loss of Happiness

Stutzer, Alois and Meier, Armando N.. (2016) Limited Self-control, Obesity, and the Loss of Happiness. Health Economics, 25 (11). pp. 1409-1424.

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Abstract

Is obesity the consequence of an optimally chosen lifestyle or do people consume too much relative to their long-term preferences? The latter perspective accepts that people might face self-control problems when exposed to the immediate gratification from food. We exploit unique survey data for Switzerland in multinomial logit and ordered probit regressions to study (i) the covariates of obesity including indicators of self-control and (ii) the consequences of obesity on the subjective well-being of people with limited willpower. Our main finding is that obesity decreases the well-being of individuals who report having limited self-control, but not otherwise. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Politische Ökonomie (Stutzer)
UniBasel Contributors:Stutzer, Alois and Meier, Armando
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1057-9230
e-ISSN:1099-1050
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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