Bennia F.,Gravel N., Magdalou B., Moyes P., (2021), “Is body weight better distributed among men than among women?” The Scandinavian Journal of Economics , (17 May 2021)

“Is body weight better distributed among men than among women? A robust normative analysis for France, the UK, and the US”, a jointly written article by Nicolas Gravel (director at CSH and professor of Aix-Marseille University, France), Fatiha Bennia (Aix-Marseille University), Brice Magdalou (University of Montpellier) and Patrick Moyes (University of Bordeaux), has been published in The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, on 17 May 2021.

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Abstract: We compare distributions of Body Mass Index (BMI) categories among genders in France, the US, and the UK on the basis of efficiency and inequality considerations. The new normative criteria that we propose are well-suited to the ordinal nature of this variable. Our empirical results, which are supported by robust statistical inference, are twofold. First, BMI categories are better distributed in France than in the UK, and in the UK than in the US for the two genders. Second, BMI categories happen to be more equally distributed among men than among women in all three countries.

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