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Author: Mandal, Bidisha
Resulting in 3 citations.
1. Mandal, Bidisha
Use of Food Labels as a Weight Loss Behavior
Journal of Consumer Affairs 44,3 (Fall 2010): 516-527.
Also: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1745-6606.2010.01181.x/abstract
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI)
Keyword(s): Behavior; Body Mass Index (BMI); Exercise; Obesity; Weight

Permission to reprint the abstract has not been received from the publisher.

This study investigates the use of food labels as a weight loss behavior compared to regular exercise among middle-aged Americans. After controlling for unobserved heterogeneity women were more likely to read food labels than men and also more successful in losing weight. Label users who did not exercise displayed a slightly greater likelihood of weight loss than those who exercised but did not read food labels. Additionally, those who only read labels were more likely to improve their chances of weight loss by adding exercise to their routines rather than abandoning label usage in favor of exercise.
Bibliography Citation
Mandal, Bidisha. "Use of Food Labels as a Weight Loss Behavior." Journal of Consumer Affairs 44,3 (Fall 2010): 516-527.
2. Mandal, Bidisha
Brady, Michael P.
The Roles of Gender and Marital Status on Risky Asset Allocation Decisions
Journal of Consumer Affairs published online (17 June 2019): DOI: 10.1111/joca.12261.
Also: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joca.12261
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI)
Keyword(s): Assets; Financial Behaviors/Decisions; Gender; Health and Retirement Study (HRS); Marital Status

Permission to reprint the abstract has not been received from the publisher.

We analyze data on asset allocations in Individual Retirement Accounts to examine the roles of marital status and gender on investment decisions. We utilize data from two birth cohorts to understand the relationship over a wide age range. We find that, in their thirties and early forties, men are more likely to hold a majority of their funds in stocks in Individual Retirement Accounts compared to women. The gender difference disappears around retirement age; however, a significant difference by marital status emerges in that age group. Divorced and widowed individuals are less likely to hold a majority of their funds in stocks compared to married individuals in their sixties. While there exists a positive gap in stock holdings between married men and married women in their thirties, the gender gap is non‐existent among older individuals. Using paired data on stock holdings in the older birth cohort, we show that husbands' and wives' asset allocations in Individual Retirement Accounts are strongly correlated, coinciding with the lack of a gender gap in stock holdings among older couples.
Bibliography Citation
Mandal, Bidisha and Michael P. Brady. "The Roles of Gender and Marital Status on Risky Asset Allocation Decisions." Journal of Consumer Affairs published online (17 June 2019): DOI: 10.1111/joca.12261.
3. Mandal, Bidisha
Roe, Brian E.
Risk Tolerance among National Longitudinal Survey of Youth Participants: The Effects of Age and Cognitive Skills
Economica 81,323 (July 2014): 522-543.
Also: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ecca.12088/abstract
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing, Inc. => Wiley Online
Keyword(s): Age and Ageing; Cognitive Ability; Life Course; Risk-Taking

We analyse how age and cognitive skills are related to risk tolerance among respondents to the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth between 1993 and 2006. Older individuals display lower risk tolerance than younger individuals, though as the panel ages from their early thirties to their mid-forties, differences in risk tolerance between the oldest and youngest individuals narrow, while panel-average risk tolerance declines. In contrast to other studies, we find that cognitive skill measured during respondents' teenage years is related to risk tolerance in a non-linear fashion, where respondents with the lowest and highest skills reveal the greatest risk tolerance.
Bibliography Citation
Mandal, Bidisha and Brian E. Roe. "Risk Tolerance among National Longitudinal Survey of Youth Participants: The Effects of Age and Cognitive Skills." Economica 81,323 (July 2014): 522-543.