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Caught in the Bulimic Trap?: Persistence and State Dependence of Bulimia Among Young Women


Ham, John C; Iorio, Daniela; Sovinsky, Michelle (2013). Caught in the Bulimic Trap?: Persistence and State Dependence of Bulimia Among Young Women. The Journal of Human Resources, 48(3):736-767.

Abstract

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a growing health concern and its consequences are especially serious given the compulsive nature of the disorder. However, little is known about the mechanisms underlying the persistent nature of BN. Using data from the NHLBI Growth and Health Study and
instrumental variable techniques, we document that unobserved heterogeneity plays a role in the persistence of BN, but up to two-­thirds of it is due to state dependence. Our findings suggest that the timing of policy is crucial: Preventive educational programs should be coupled with more intense (rehabilitation) treatment at the early stages of the BN behaviors.

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a growing health concern and its consequences are especially serious given the compulsive nature of the disorder. However, little is known about the mechanisms underlying the persistent nature of BN. Using data from the NHLBI Growth and Health Study and
instrumental variable techniques, we document that unobserved heterogeneity plays a role in the persistence of BN, but up to two-­thirds of it is due to state dependence. Our findings suggest that the timing of policy is crucial: Preventive educational programs should be coupled with more intense (rehabilitation) treatment at the early stages of the BN behaviors.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:July 2013
Deposited On:01 Nov 2013 16:28
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:06
Publisher:University of Wisconsin Press * Journal Division
ISSN:0022-166X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1353/jhr.2013.0019
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-84335

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