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Could Behavioral Economics Help Improve Diet Quality for Nutrition Assistance Program Participants?

  • Just, David R.
  • Mancino, Lisa
  • Wansink, Brian

Findings from behavioral and psychological studies indicate that people regularly and predictably behave in ways that contradict some standard assumptions of economic analysis. Recognizing that consumption choices are determined by factors other than prices, income, and information illuminates a broad array of strategies to influence consumers’ food choices. These strategies expand the list of possible ideas for improving the diet quality and health of participants in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Stamp Program; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Economic Research Report with number 6391.

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Date of creation: 2007
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