Essays in Food Retail Demand
The aim of this dissertation is to examine, model and estimate the importance of
demand factors that shape the diet quality choices of the U.S. households. In particular,
I focus on the low-income households because these households are consuming
food of lower diet quality. Understanding whether and how income is restricting these
households in their food choices is important for the policy makers. First, I analyze
the importance of the food access in explaining the dierence in diet quality across
income. Second, I study the importance of price eects of high nutritional quality
food for the low-income households. Third, I analyze the dierences in preferences
across the U.S. cities.
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