Diet Choice and the Role of Time Preference

The Journal of Consumer Affairs, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 143-160, 2003

Posted: 20 Jun 2005

Abstract

Economic theory related to time preference and health may be useful as a means of understanding the predictors of diet choice. The willingness to subvert present for future utility is hypothesized to influence the process of sacrificing time, flavor, convenience, and price in order to choose a healthful diet. Empirical results confirm the unique importance of variables related to rate of future discounting versus variables associated with market or cultural factors.

Keywords: Diet choice, time preference, food consumption, nutrition economics

JEL Classification: A12, D11, D13, D91, I12

Suggested Citation

Huston, Sandra J. and Finke, Michael S., Diet Choice and the Role of Time Preference. The Journal of Consumer Affairs, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 143-160, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=744568

Sandra J. Huston (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University ( email )

2500 Broadway
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

Michael S. Finke

The American College ( email )

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
United States

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