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Mariétou Ouayogodé

Department of Population Health Sciences
School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Madison
610 Walnut St, 785 WARF
Madison, WI 53726

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Institutional Affiliation: Dartmouth College

NBER Working Papers and Publications

March 2020Chain Restaurant Calorie Posting Laws, Obesity, and Consumer Welfare
with Charles J. Courtemanche, David E. Frisvold, David Jimenez-Gomez, Michael Price: w26869
The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) introduced a mandate requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts on menus and menu boards. This paper investigates whether and why calorie posting laws work. To do so, we develop a model of calories consumed that highlights two potential channels through which mandates influence choice and outlines an empirical strategy to disentangle these alternatives. We test the predictions of our model using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to compare changes in body mass index (BMI), obesity, and consumer well-being in locations that implemented calorie-posting laws between 2008 and 2011 to those in neighboring locations without such laws. We find that calorie mandates lead to a small but statistically significan...
 
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