Caught in the bulimic trap? Persistence and state dependence of bulimia among young women

John C. Ham, Daniela Iorio, Michelle Sovinsky

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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 fi ndings 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)736-767
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Human Resources
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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