Nutritional Labeling and Consumer Choices

Posted: 16 Sep 2011

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Kristin Kiesel

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Jill J. McCluskey

Washington State University

Sofia Berto Villas-Boas

University of California, Berkeley - Agricultural & Resource Economics

Date Written: October 2011

Abstract

In 1994, nutritional facts panels became mandatory for processed foods to improve consumer access to nutritional information and to promote healthy food choices. Recent applied work is reviewed here in terms of how consumers value and respond to nutritional labels. We first summarize the health and nutritional links found in the literature and frame this discussion in terms of the obesity policy debate. Second, we discuss several approaches that have been used to empirically investigate consumer responses to nutritional labels: (a) surveys, (b) nonexperimental approaches utilizing revealed preferences, and (c) experiment-based approaches. We conclude with a discussion and suggest avenues of future research.

Suggested Citation

Kiesel, Kristin and McCluskey, Jill and Villas-Boas, Sofia, Nutritional Labeling and Consumer Choices (October 2011). Annual Review of Resource Economics, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 141-158, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1928339 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.resource.012809.103957

Kristin Kiesel (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Jill McCluskey

Washington State University ( email )

School of Economic Sciences
Pullman, WA 99164
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Sofia Villas-Boas

University of California, Berkeley - Agricultural & Resource Economics ( email )

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Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
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510-643-8911 (Fax)

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