Behavioral Economics, Food Assistance, and Obesity
AbstractWhile there is mixed evidence of the impact of food assistance programs on obesity, there is general agreement that the food-insecure are at higher risk of obesity and obesity-related diseases. Food assistance programs, originally designed to overcome a lack of available food, now need to confront a very different problem: how to provide for the food-insecure while encouraging healthy lifestyles. This paper examines the potential to address these competing needs using traditional economic policies (manipulating information or prices) versus policies engaging behavioral economics and psychology.
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Volume (Year): 35 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (October)
food assistance; behavioral economics; food insecurity; obesity; Consumer/Household Economics; Food Security and Poverty; Health Economics and Policy;
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