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Methodology Behind the Quarterly Food-at-Home Price Database

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  • Todd, Jessica E.
  • Mancino, Lisa
  • Leibtag, Ephraim S.
  • Tripodo, Christina

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The Quarterly Food-at-Home Price Database (QFAHPD) was developed to provide market-level food prices that can be used to study how prices affect food choices, intake, and health outcomes. This report presents a detailed description of the methodology used to construct the QFAHPD. The database, constructed from 1999-2006 Nielsen Homescan data, includes quarterly observations on the mean price of 52 food categories for 35 market groups covering the contiguous United States. Data from 2006 indicate that cross-market price variation can be as much as three to four times greater than annual food price inflation.

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  • Todd, Jessica E. & Mancino, Lisa & Leibtag, Ephraim S. & Tripodo, Christina, 2010. "Methodology Behind the Quarterly Food-at-Home Price Database," Technical Bulletins 97799, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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    Nielsen Homescan; food prices; diet quality; market prices; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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