How Long Do Healthy Habits Last? The Role of Prices

42 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2018 Last revised: 25 Mar 2018

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Marit Hinnosaar

University of Turin - Collegio Carlo Alberto

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Date Written: March 21, 2018

Abstract

When a policy gives temporary incentives for healthy behaviors, how long does the impact last? I study the U.S. Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which gives vouchers for healthy foods. Using household-level scanner data, I find that the effect of the program diminishes when households become ineligible. Demand model estimates show that price differences between healthy and unhealthy foods play a large role in the decrease of the program’s impact. The estimates imply that the program has a persistent effect, in that it increases the impact of subsequent policies like subsidies on healthy foods.

Keywords: Consumer Behavior, Dietary Choices, Long-Term Policy Effects

JEL Classification: D12, I12, L66, I38

Suggested Citation

Hinnosaar, Marit, How Long Do Healthy Habits Last? The Role of Prices (March 21, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3143853 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3143853

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