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Title: Food Desert and Weight Outcome: Disentangling Confounding Mechanisms
Authors: Zeng, Di
Thomsen, Michael R.
Nayga, Rodolfo M. Jr.
Keywords: Food deserts
food choice
weight
food environment
obesity
JEL Codes: D13
I12
Q18
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: Food deserts are increasingly considered as a potential cause of overweight and obesity, yet existing literature is largely inconclusive in part due to the infeasibility of sorting out multiple confounding mechanisms from a purely empirical perspective. This article investigates the hypothesized causality in a rational-choice framework, where the individual chooses how much to patronize a distant supermarket and/or a nearby convenience store, broadly defined, and the weight outcome depends on this choice. Results suggest that neither limited supermarket access nor low income, the key features of food deserts, would determine the weight outcome, which is also affected by individual preferences as well as time and monetary costs associated with grocery shopping. Parametric conditions under which varying effects on weight occur are further derived to elicit policy implications
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/212813
Institution/Association: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association>2016 Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting, January 3-5, 2016, San Francisco, California
Total Pages: 30
Collections:2016 Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting, January 3-5, 2016, San Francisco, California

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