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A model of nutrition information search with an application to food labels


  • Drichoutis, Andreas

    () (Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens)

  • Lazaridis, Panagiotis

    () (Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens)

  • Nayga, Rodolfo

    () (Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, University of Arkansas)


Due to the dramatic rise of several diet-related chronic diseases, nutrition information search behaviours have received significant interest from both the scientific and non-scientific literature. No other known paper in economics, however, has examined from a theoretical perspective the acquisition of nutrition information as a health enhancing activity. We modify the standard health capital model (Grossman, 1972) to allow the time spent on nutrition information search to be considered within the context of a time allocation decision. We then collected extensive primary data based on the theoretical model and used these to test the model.

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  • Drichoutis, Andreas & Lazaridis, Panagiotis & Nayga, Rodolfo, 2009. "A model of nutrition information search with an application to food labels," Working Papers 2009-02, Agricultural University of Athens, Department Of Agricultural Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:aua:wpaper:2009-02

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    1. Cavaliere, Alessia & De Marchi, Elisa & Banterle, Alessandro, 2014. "Does Consumer Time Preference Affect Label Use?," 2014 International European Forum, February 17-21, 2014, Innsbruck-Igls, Austria 199401, International European Forum on Innovation and System Dynamics in Food Networks.
    2. Belot, Michèle & Berlin, Noemi & James, Jonathan & Skafida, Valeria, 2018. "The Formation and Malleability of Dietary Habits: A Field Experiment with Low Income Families," IZA Discussion Papers 11317, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    nutrition information; food labels; health production;

    JEL classification:

    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health


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