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Effects of Family, Friends, and Relative Prices on Fruit and Vegetable Consumption by African Americans

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  • Oleksandr Zhylyevskyy

    () (Department of Economics, Iowa State University, 460D Heady, Ames, IA 50011, USA; corresponding author.)

  • Helen H. Jensen

    () (Department of Economics, Iowa State University, 578E Heady, Ames, IA 50011, USA;)

  • Steven B. Garasky

    () (SIMPAQ International, LLC, 10420 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 310, Columbia, MD 21044, USA;)

  • Carolyn E. Cutrona

    () (Department of Psychology, Iowa State University, W161 Lagomarcino, Ames, IA 50011, USA;)

  • Frederick X. Gibbons

    () (Department of Psychology, Bousfield Hall, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA; E-mail: Rick.Gibbons@chip.uconn.edu)

Abstract

We investigate the effects of parents, best friends, and relative prices on fruit and vegetable consumption by African American youths using behavioral data from the Family and Community Health Study and area-specific food prices from the Quarterly Food-at-Home Price Database. We construct a simultaneous equation ordered probit model that accounts for social interactions in fruit and vegetable consumption and specific aspects of the available food intake data. We estimate statistically significant endogenous consumption effects between a youth and a parent. Lower relative prices tend to increase intakes, particularly in the case of vegetables; however, the statistical significance of these effects is marginal. The results indicate the existence of social multipliers in fruit and vegetable consumption in African American families. The presence of these multipliers supports the design of youth-parent–based interventions to increase fruit and vegetable intake by African Americans. Additionally, intake also may be increased through relative price reductions.

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  • Oleksandr Zhylyevskyy & Helen H. Jensen & Steven B. Garasky & Carolyn E. Cutrona & Frederick X. Gibbons, 2013. "Effects of Family, Friends, and Relative Prices on Fruit and Vegetable Consumption by African Americans," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 80(1), pages 226-251, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:80:1:y:2013:p:226-251
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    1. Mark C. Senia & Helen H. Jensen & Oleksandr Zhylyevskyy, 2017. "Time in eating and food preparation among single adults," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 15(2), pages 399-432, June.

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    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions

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