Examining the Relationship between the Use of Supermarkets and Over‐Nutrition in Indonesia

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Wendy J. Umberger

University of Adelaide

Xiaobo He

School of Business, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics; University of Adelaide - Global Food Studies

Nicholas Minot

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Hery Toiba

Brawijaya University

Date Written: March 2015

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between the use of modern food retailers and health outcomes using data from a survey of 1,180 urban households in Indonesia. The dependent variables include adult and child body‐mass index and the share of individuals overweight and obese. After controlling for individual and household characteristics and using standard and Lewbel instrumental variable approaches to control for unobservable characteristics, we do not find a statistically significant relationship between use of supermarkets and adult nutrition measures. On the other hand, there is mixed evidence for a negative effect of supermarkets on child nutrition, particularly for those in high‐income households.

Keywords: Supermarket revolution, diet transition, nutrition, body mass index, obesity, Indonesia

Suggested Citation

Umberger, Wendy J. and He, Xiaobo and Minot, Nicholas and Toiba, Hery, Examining the Relationship between the Use of Supermarkets and Over‐Nutrition in Indonesia (March 2015). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 97, Issue 2, pp. 510-525, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3574855 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aau111

Wendy J. Umberger (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide ( email )

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Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Australia

Xiaobo He

School of Business, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics ( email )

No. 1900, Wenxiang Road
Shanghai, 201620
China

University of Adelaide - Global Food Studies ( email )

10 Pulteney Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Australia

Nicholas Minot

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States
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202 467-4439 (Fax)

Hery Toiba

Brawijaya University

Department of Environment
Malaysia

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