Economics Research Seminar | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Economics Research Seminar

"There She Is, Your Ideal" Negative Social Comparisons and Health Behaviors

Abstract:  We provide novel evidence on the role of negative social comparisons in population health behaviors by exploiting variation in Miss America and Miss USA beauty pageant winners. We show that there was more front-page newspaper coverage and more pageant-related internet search behavior following a home-state win. Teen girls and pageant-aged women with home-state winners were more likely to report that they were trying to lose weight, and pregnant women gained less gestational weight. We do not detect meaningful changes for teen boys, young adult men, or older women for whom social comparisons were plausibly less salient.

Please join the Economics Department for a research seminar.  This event is open to all Case Western Reserve University  faculty, Ph.D. students, economic majors and minors, and those interested in economics research.  Contact Teresa Kabat at or 216.368.4110 for additional information.

ID: 99043294513
Passcode: n38Xv4UX
Passcode: 54156203
Passcode: 54156203


Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Peter B. Lewis Building
11119 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States
Speaker(s): Christopher S. Carpenter, Vanderbilt University
Sponsored by: Economics Department
"There She Is, Your Ideal"


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