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As food insecurity and obesity become more severe, researchers and policy makers have increased their efforts to understand the causes of these problems. The purpose of this paper is to examine what effect education has on household expenditure for healthful foods, especially among the food insecure. Using the 2009 Consumer Expenditure Survey, we estimate a two step model that addresses endogenous selection into different levels of education. We find that investments made in education can increase expenditure on fresh fruits and vegetables among food insecure households. Therefore policies that increase educational programs in conjunction with food assistance programs could reduce both food insecurity and obesity levels.

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