Could Behavioral Economics Help Improve Diet Quality for Nutrition Assistance Program Participants?
34 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2008
Date Written: June 1, 2007
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.
Keywords: behavioral economics, food consumption, obesity, food stamps, National School Lunch Program, nutrition assistance, WIC
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