How Many Calories in that Big Apple? Open Access

Landman, Jamie Eve (2013)

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This paper examines the impact of New York City Department of Health Code §81.50, (or "the Legislation") on the BMI of 1) all New York City residents based on individual-level analyses of New York City Community Health Survey data ("CHS") and 2) three New York City counties compared to ten control counties based on county-level analyses of Selected Metropolitan/Micropolitan Area Risk Trends data ("SMART"). There is no statistically significant effect of the Legislation on BMI in the results based on CHS. This lack of statistical significance holds true regardless of an individual's age, sex, race, or poverty level. In difference-in-difference analyses based on SMART, however, counties in New York City showed a statistically significant decrease in BMI relative to ten control counties. The Legislation had a bigger impact on some New York City counties rather than others.

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1. Introduction

2. Contributions

3. Literature Review

4. Results Based on CHS

5. Results Based on SMART

6. Conclusion

7. Appendix

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