The Impact of Retirement on the Healthiness of Food Purchases

53 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2018

Date Written: July 30, 2018


The paper estimates the causal impact of retirement on the healthiness of food purchases. The identification strategy uses early and full retirement ages as instruments for retirement. Using household-level scanner data, I find that retirement increases fruit and vegetable purchases and overall healthiness of food purchases. I also find indirect evidence that retirement increases the time spent on shopping and food preparation: it increases shopping frequency and shifts purchases to fresh and unprepared food products. This suggests that time constraints might play a role in limiting healthy food consumption.

Keywords: Health Behaviors, Retirement, Consumer Behavior, Dietary Choices

JEL Classification: I12, L66, D12

Suggested Citation

Hinnosaar, Marit, The Impact of Retirement on the Healthiness of Food Purchases (July 30, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Marit Hinnosaar (Contact Author)

University of Nottingham ( email )

University Park
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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