How will breast augmentation and cosmetic surgeries affect the economy?
This article is one in a series that examines the impacts of the cosmetic and augmentation industries on the U.S. economy.
The article begins with an analysis of the potential impact of breast augments and cosmetic surgery on the economy.
Then it examines the effect of such policies on the health care system and on employment.
Then the article considers the effect the government may have on employers, on the unemployment rate and on the cost of goods and services to the economy, among other factors.
It concludes with a discussion of the extent to which the federal government has used regulatory measures to control or prohibit the practice of augmentation, as well as the extent of state and local laws that have been passed that regulate such practices.
The author is an associate professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
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