Does legal heritage affect obesity? The channel of motor vehicle dependence

Carlin, Paul, Kidd, Michael P., & Ulubaşoğlu, Mehmet A. (2013) Does legal heritage affect obesity? The channel of motor vehicle dependence. Journal of Comparative Economics, 41(2), pp. 621-633.

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Abstract

We find a robust relationship between motor vehicle ownership, its interaction with legal heritage and obesity in OECD countries. Our estimates indicate that an increase of 100 motor vehicles per thousand residents is associated with about a 6% point increase in obesity in common law countries, whereas it has a much smaller or insignificant impact in civil law countries. These relations hold whether we examine trend data and simple correlations, or conduct cross-section or panel data regression analysis. Our results suggest that obesity rises with motor vehicle ownership in countries following a common law tradition where individual liberty is encouraged, whereas the link is small or statistically non-existent in countries with a civil law background where the rights of the individual tend to be circumscribed by the power of the state.

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ID Code: 57683
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Common law, Civil law, Obesity, Motor vehicles, OECD
DOI: 10.1016/j.jce.2012.09.001
ISSN: 1095-7227
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Association for Comparative Economic Studies. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Comparative Economics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Comparative Economics, [Volume 41, Issue 2, (May 2013)] DOI: 10.1016/j.jce.2012.09.001
Deposited On: 28 Feb 2013 22:14
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2016 20:54

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