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Does Supermarket Purchase Affect the Dietary Practices of Households? Some Empirical Evidence from Guatemala

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  • Abay Asfaw
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    Very little is known about how changes in the retail environment affect consumers'diet and health status, especially in developing countries. This article examines the impact of supermarket purchases on the dietary practices of households in Guatemala, using an instrumental variable method to take account of the potential endogeneity of the supermarket purchase variable. The results reveal that supermarket purchases increase the share of highly and partially processed foods at the expense of staple foods, and are also positively and significantly associated with individual Body Mass Index. Different policy moves should be envisaged towards'healthier'diets. Copyright (c) The Author 2008. Journal compilation (c) 2008 Overseas Development Institute..

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    Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (03)
    Pages: 227-243

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:26:y:2008:i:2:p:227-243

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    1. Nagata, Jason M. & Valeggia, Claudia R. & Barg, Frances K. & Bream, Kent D.W., 2009. "Body mass index, socio-economic status and socio-behavioral practices among Tz'utujil Maya women," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 7(1), pages 96-106, March.
    2. Roemling, Cornelia & Qaim, Matin, 2012. "Obesity Trends, Determinants and Policy Implications in Indonesia," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, International Association of Agricultural Economists 126208, International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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