Weight gains from trade in foods: evidence from Mexico / Osea Giuntella (University of Pittsburgh and IZA), Matthias Rieger (Erasmus University), Lorenzo Rotunno (University of Marseille-Aix en Provence, CNRS, EHESS, Centrale Marseille, IRD and AMSE) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserGiuntella, Osea ; Rieger, Matthias ; Rotunno, Lorenzo
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, October 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12677
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In this paper, we investigate the effects of trade in foods on obesity in Mexico. To do so, we match data on Mexican food imports from the U.S. with anthropometric and food expenditure data. Our findings suggest that exposure to food imports from the U.S. can explain up to twenty percent of the rise in obesity prevalence among Mexican women between 1988 and 2012. Pro-obesity effects are driven by areas more exposed to unhealthy food imports. We also find evidence in favour of a price mechanism. By linking trade flows to obesity, the paper sheds light on an important channel through which globalisation may affect health.