Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80566
Authors: 
Millimet, Daniel L.
Roy, Manan
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7457
Abstract: 
Food security and obesity represent two of the most significant public health issues. However, little is known about how these issues are intertwined. Here, we assess the causal relationship between food security during early childhood and relatively long-run measures of child health. Identifying this causal relationship is complicated due to endogenous selection and misclassification errors. To overcome these difficulties, we utilize a nonparametric bounds approach along with data from the ECLS-K and ECLS-B. The analysis reveals a positive association between food insecurity and future child obesity in the absence of misclassification. However, under relatively innocuous assumptions concerning the selection process, we often obtain bounds that indicate a negative causal effect of food insecurity on future child obesity. All results are extremely sensitive to misclassification.
Subjects: 
food insecurity
health outcomes
nonclassical measurement error
nonparametric bounds
JEL: 
C14
C21
I12
I32
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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