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The impact of food prices on consumption: a systematic review of research on the price elasticity of demand for food.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20019319     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In light of proposals to improve diets by shifting food prices, it is important to understand how price changes affect demand for various foods. We reviewed 160 studies on the price elasticity of demand for major food categories to assess mean elasticities by food category and variations in estimates by study design. Price elasticities for foods and nonalcoholic beverages ranged from 0.27 to 0.81 (absolute values), with food away from home, soft drinks, juice, and meats being most responsive to price changes (0.7-0.8). As an example, a 10% increase in soft drink prices should reduce consumption by 8% to 10%. Studies estimating price effects on substitutions from unhealthy to healthy food and price responsiveness among at-risk populations are particularly needed.
Tatiana Andreyeva; Michael W Long; Kelly D Brownell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review     Date:  2009-12-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  100     ISSN:  1541-0048     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-12     Completed Date:  2010-02-02     Revised Date:  2013-05-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  216-22     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University, 309 Edwards St, New Haven, CT 06520-8369, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Consumer Satisfaction / economics*
Costs and Cost Analysis
Economic Recession
Food / economics*
Food Industry / economics*
Food Preferences*
Models, Econometric
Nutrition Policy
Taxes / economics
United States

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