A Complex Model of Consumer Food Acquisitions: Applying Machine Learning and Directed Acyclic Graphs to the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS)

Complex causal relationships among a large set of variables that affect the U.S. households’ food acquisition and purchase decisions were estimated using machine learning algorithms and directed acyclic graphs. Asians and Hispanics live in an environment with high concentrations of fast- and non-fast food restaurants. Obesity is less prevalent among Asians. Being Hispanic makes one to be more food insecure. Those with higher incomes are food secure and obesity is less prevalent among them. Being Black positively causes to be a SNAP participant and food insecure. Obesity is positively caused by fair/poor health and diet status.

Issue Date:
Jan 15 2018
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
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JEL Codes:
C40; D83; I18
Series Statement:
Paper 147

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