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Birds of a Feather Flock Together: Correlation in BMI Categories in Long-Term Relationships

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Heather BrownORCiD



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This is the first paper to explore partner correlations across BMI categories for couples in long term stable relationships using data from the Household Income and Labour Dynamics of Australia survey (HILDA) 2006-2011. The moderating effect of three hypotheses on this correlation are tested: 1) selection; 2) relationship stability; and 3) social obligation/environment. The results show gender asymmetric effects in the correlation in BMI categories. Selection explains the majority of the correlation for men and all of the correlation in BMI categories for women. Some evidence of variables related to stability and social obligation are significantly associated with weight outcomes for men.

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Author(s): Brown H

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Australian Economic Review

Year: 2016

Volume: 49

Issue: 4

Pages: 453-470

Print publication date: 01/12/2016

Online publication date: 30/11/2016

Acceptance date: 09/06/2016

Date deposited: 10/06/2016

ISSN (print): 0004-9018

ISSN (electronic): 1467-8462

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/1467-8462.12181


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