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The direct and spillover effects of diabetes diagnosis on lifestyle behaviours

Thomas, R. L. & Mentzakis, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-1761-209X (2024). The direct and spillover effects of diabetes diagnosis on lifestyle behaviours. Health Economics, 33(5), pp. 952-970. doi: 10.1002/hec.4803


Using blood sample data we exploit an arbitrary cut-off of diabetes risk and through a fuzzy regression kink design we estimate the effect of a diabetes diagnosis on own and partner health-related behaviours. Diabetes diagnosis increases the probability of exercising, both for those diagnosed with diabetes and their partner. We also conduct mediation analysis which suggests that joint household participation is the channel behind this effect. Our results have significant implications for the understanding of the channels that induce behavioural change, and household decision making, as well as, for the evaluation of diabetes related policies.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2024 The Authors. Health Economics published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher Keywords: Diabetes, Health, Spillover, Household Behaviour, Regression Kink Design
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs
School of Policy & Global Affairs > Economics
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