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Is the 'Cost of Enough Food' Lower in Rural Areas?

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  • Nord, Mark

    (US Department of Agriculture)

  • Leibtag, Ephraim

    (US Department of Agriculture)

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We develop and assess two inter-area cost-of-enough-food indices using nationally representative data from the Current Population Survey Food Security Supplements on how much households say they would need to spend to just meet their food needs. We calculate the indices for 470 geographic areas identified by state, specific metropolitan statistical area (or nonmetropolitan), and central-city/balance-MSA residence. On average, the cost-of-enough-food is between 11 and 14 percent less for nonmetropolitan households than for otherwise similar metropolitan households. These findings suggest that differences in poverty rates generally overstate differences in material hardship experienced by households in rural areas versus urban areas.

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Article provided by Southern Regional Science Association in its journal Review of Regional Studies.

Volume (Year): 35 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 291-310

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Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:35:y:2005:i:3:p:291-310

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Keywords: Food Security; Need; Needs; Population;

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  1. Mark D. Partridge & Dan S. Rickman & Kamar Ali & M. Rose Olfert, 2009. "Recent Spatial Growth Dynamics in Wages and Housing Costs: Proximity to Urban Production Externalities and Consumer Amenities," Economics Working Paper Series 0906, Oklahoma State University, Department of Economics and Legal Studies in Business.
  2. Jolliffe, Dean, 2006. "The Cost of Living and the Geographic Distribution of Poverty," Economic Research Report 7254, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

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