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Eric Parsons

Based on the abstract, I think that the authors are looking at decreases in the minimum wage, not increases. Specifically, I think they are saying that, as the real minimum wage has fallen over time, that has allowed the cost of fast food to fall relative to other foods because minimum wage labor is one of the primary inputs in the fast food industry. Since fast food has become relatively cheaper, people are eating more of it. However, since fast food tends to be unhealthy, that has led to the increase in BMI. It seems they are looking more at a substitution than an income effect here.

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