Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Shuang Zhang

Abstract

In 2008, Chinese milk products were contaminated with melamine, a compound commonly found in plastic. The following year, China implemented the Food Safety Law (FSL) in order to protect the population from food safety risks. This analysis studies the effect of the FSL on self-rated elderly health by regressing government health expenditure (increased due to FSL) on self-rated health, interviewer-rated health, positivity and milk consumption post-2009. The results show that the FSL had an insignificant effect on elderly health, positivity and milk consumption, which highlights the ineffectiveness of the FSL.

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