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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|
|JEL Codes: ||D13|
|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|
|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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