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dc.contributor.authorMalison, David Jordan
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T20:03:24Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T20:03:24Z
dc.date.issued2011-08
dc.identifier.othermalison_david_j_201108_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/malison_david_j_201108_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/27524
dc.description.abstractRecent research shows that the adoption of time-saving technology in food preparation has contributed to the obesity epidemic. This paper develops a model explaining why firms adopt such innovations, providing insight into the growth of obesity over time and across countries. I find that wage increases, by raising the value of time, encourage firms to implement time-saving technology. I test this hypothesis by analyzing the effect of wages on the ratio of fast-food restaurants to grocery stores in the United States. I find that an increase in a county's average wage is correlated with an increase in a county's fast-food-to-grocery-store ratio, as predicted by the theoretical model. The results suggest that wage growth has contributed to the development of the obesity epidemic.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectObesity
dc.subjecttechnological innovation
dc.subjecttime allocation
dc.subjectfast food
dc.titleTime-saving innovations and the obesity epidemic
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentEconomics
dc.description.majorEconomics
dc.description.advisorChristina Marsh
dc.description.committeeChristina Marsh
dc.description.committeeDavid Mustard
dc.description.committeeChristopher Cornwell


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