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

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  • 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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Paper provided by Agricultural University of Athens, Department Of Agricultural Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2009-02.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 2009
Handle: RePEc:aua:wpaper:2009-02
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