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This dissertation consists of three essays, each focusing on one topic in economics of health behaviors in China. The first essay attempts to examine the determinants of alcohol demand with concentration on impact of alcohol price among Chinese adult population. The second essay estimates healthcare expenditure in China and evaluates the performance of econometric models. The objective of the third essay is to examine the time trend of obesity disparities across sociodemographic groups in school-aged youth population from 1991 to 2006 in mainland China.

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in September 2011 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Peter Glick (Chair), Shinyi Wu, and Hua Wang.

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