Do neighborhood parks and playgrounds reduce childhood obesity?

Maoyong Fan, Yanhong Jin

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Using the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health data, we find a statistically and economically significant effect of neighborhood parks and playgrounds on childhood obesity based on covariate matching estimators. The park/playground effect depends on gender, age, race, household income, neighborhood safety, and other neighborhood amenities. The results suggest that adding a neighborhood park/playground may reduce the obesity rate and make children more fit, but relevant interventions must consider socioeconomic status of the targeted children as well as other neighborhood amenities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-42
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


  • childhood obesity
  • covariate matching
  • neighborhood amenity
  • park/playground


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