Presenter: Emily Oster
Two thirds of Americans are overweight and a third are obese. Obesity caries with it a variety of health risks and costs health care systems billions of dollars a year. In a sense, this is puzzling, since the solution to obesity is so simple: lose weight. Eating fewer calories and getting more exercise can generally accomplish this. So why do we not see more of this?
Answering this question requires, at a minimum, knowing more about how diets respond to health news. Emily Oster uses a novel method to estimate dietary responses to a diagnosis of diabetes. Using detailed data on foods purchased, she can ask not only how much people change their diet on average, but exactly what foods they eat less of (or more of). She can also ask who responds most to a diagnosis. Are there some successful dieters? And what can we learn from their success? Emily Oster will connect facts from the data to theories from psychology and behavioral economics to answer these questions.
Emily Oster is an associate professor of economics at Brown University and currently serves as a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research. Oster studies health and development economics. She has worked on issues of demand for medical testing and the consequences of health information for behavior. Her work extends to studying HIV in the developing world, as well as issues of gender inequality.
Location: Sanford 223, Rhodes Conference Room
Sponsors: Center for Child and Family Policy and Sanford School of Public Policy
Cost: Free and open to the public; registration requested
When: 03/07/2016 at 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM (parlerodermime)