Household versus Community Effects: Who Really Pays More for Food?

One strand of literature shows a household’'s cost of food to vary with the household’'s own income and demographic characteristics. For example, low-income households may tend to purchase less costly bundles of food. However, a separate strand of literature also shows food prices to vary spatially with the characteristics of communities, such as real estate prices. In this study, a model is developed that unites these two strands. Simulations further illustrate the effect that a community’'s characteristics can have on a household’'s food budget, if the household lives in each of ten cities in the United States.

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