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
    Pages (from-to)736-767
    JournalJournal of Human Resources
    Volume48
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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