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Can Food Stamps Do More to Improve Food Choices? An Economic Perspective—Making Healthy Food Choices Easier: Ideas From Behavioral Economics

by Lisa Mancino and Margaret Andrews

Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-29-7) 4 pp, September 2007

With obesity the most prevalent nutrition problem facing Americans at all economic levels, promoting diets that provide adequate nutrition without too many calories has become an important objective for the Food Stamp Program. Findings from behavioral economics suggest innovative, low-cost ways to improve the diet quality of food stamp participants without restricting their freedom of choice. Unlike more traditional economic interventions, such as changing prices or banning specific foods, the strategies explored in this brief can be targeted to those participants who want help making more healthful food choices.

Keywords: Food Stamp Program, food consumption, food prices, food expenditures, nutrition education, behavioral economics, food choices, diet, health, fruits and vegetables, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program, FANRP

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