Household Food Waste: Theory and Empirics

46 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2017 Last revised: 30 Sep 2018

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Craig E. Landry

UGA Ag & Applied Economics

Travis Smith

University of Georgia

Date Written: September 22, 2018

Abstract

This paper uses a structural model of household food waste to discuss how the jointness of meal production, consumption, and time allocation decisions, are important in understanding potential drivers of household food waste. We discuss how empiricists can utilize the model for empirical applications. We apply one such application to household-level data of food stock usage and meal consumption to estimate correlates of inefficiencies in household meal production at home. We find that inefficiencies are associated with household membership structure, race, human capital, joint preparation of meals, food shopping frequency, and distance traveled to the food store. We provide guidance for future data collection efforts and empirical analyses of household food waste.

Keywords: food waste, household production, stochastic frontier

JEL Classification: D11, D13, Q18

Suggested Citation

Landry, Craig and Smith, Travis, Household Food Waste: Theory and Empirics (September 22, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3060838 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3060838

Craig Landry (Contact Author)

UGA Ag & Applied Economics ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-7509
United States

Travis Smith

University of Georgia ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-7509
United States

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