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Michael L. Marlow
California Polytechnic State University
60Publications
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#1Edward ArcherH-Index: 17
#2Michael L. Marlow (California Polytechnic State University)H-Index: 17
Last.Carl J. Lavie (UQ: University of Queensland)H-Index: 82
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Abstract There is an escalating debate over the value and validity of self-reported dietary intake as estimated by Food Frequency Questionnaires and other forms of memory-based dietary assessment methods. Proponents argue that despite limitations, memory-based methods provide valid and valuable information about consumed foods and beverages and therefore can be used to assess diet-disease relations. In fact, over the past 60 years, thousands of memory-based dietary research reports were used to ...
#1Michael L. Marlow (California Polytechnic State University)H-Index: 17
This chapter examines the effectiveness of nudges designed to steer us toward better food and beverage consumption behaviors as a means of lowering population weight. It first discusses our state of knowledge on obesity causes and prevention. Next, it presents the basics of nudge theory followed by criticisms of that theory. It then discusses various imperfections that all choice architects—whether in governments or markets—must face, which suggest that nudges are a blunt instrument for reducing...
#1Michael L. Marlow (California Polytechnic State University)H-Index: 17
This article examines whether obesity prevalence is influenced by the market structure of retail food outlets. A few studies have examined the effects of 'big box' stores on prices, food choices and obesity, but the present study extends empirical examination to all types of stores to determine if there are significant differences in their effects on obesity prevalence. Four types of retail food outlets are examined: supermarkets, supercentres and warehouse club stores (i.e. 'big box' stores), c...
#1Michael L. Marlow (California Polytechnic State University)H-Index: 17
Little is known about why some states enact more laws addressing obesity than others. This study examines what factors influence the enactment of laws using a data set of the 90 laws enacted over 2001--2010 in 30 states. Odds of enacting laws are mostly unrelated to state variation in education, population density, income, political party structure and obesity prevalence. Factors that significantly influence number of laws include education, black and Hispanic percentages of population and age. ...
#1Michael L. Marlow (California Polytechnic State University)H-Index: 17
This article addresses whether the growing prevalence of public sector unions exerts effects that spill over to the private sector. The hypothesis that higher prevalence erodes business climate is tested on an index of CEO ratings of the best and worst states in which to conduct business. Evidence indicates that business climates are inversely related to public sector union prevalence. An implication is that erosion of business climates should be a concern to union members as well since they rel...
#1Barrie Craven (Newcastle University)H-Index: 5
#2Michael L. Marlow (California Polytechnic State University)H-Index: 17
Last.Alden F. Shiers (California Polytechnic State University)H-Index: 5
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This article explores a wide range of issues that proponents of setting minimum prices for alcohol must resolve before they can safely claim their proposals improve public health and decrease public health care costs. Problems range from inability to know ‘correct’ prices and why tacking on pricing regulations to markets already taxed makes sense, to various unintended adverse consequences such as generating higher demand for illegal drugs and alcohol. It also remains unclear why advocates would...
#1Michael L. Marlow (California Polytechnic State University)H-Index: 17
Although various studies have concluded that public sector unions raise wages and employment for members, very little research has examined whether public sector unionism influences the overall size of state and local government. The relationship is examined within a pooled data set on all states over selected years during 2003--2010. Wide variation in union membership trends across states provides a rich data set to examine. Empirical results indicate that 10 percentage point increases in publi...
#1Michael L. Marlow (California Polytechnic State University)H-Index: 17
#2Alden F. Shiers (California Polytechnic State University)H-Index: 5
Public debate regarding the role of government in lowering obesity often focuses on the fact that rising obesity prevalence is evident in all states. This article focuses on the hypothesized link between obesity and fast food employment by examining data on all states over 2001–2009 and controlling for other factors that may influence obesity prevalence. Our examination indicates no support for the view that fast food is a significant causal factor behind the substantial weight gain exhibited by...
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