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Economic Development, Government Policies, and Food Consumption

William A. Masters

in The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199569441
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199569441.013.0015

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics

 Economic Development, Government Policies, and Food Consumption

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This article addresses the influence of economic development and government policies on food consumption around the world. It shows how an underlying process of economic development and policy change might drive changes in food consumption. It analyzes the interacting influences in a unified framework that could help explain both diversities and similarities. To help make sense of the diverse literature and disparate facts about food consumption changes and differences across countries, this article offers a series of thought experiments about individual decision-making in economic development. It then moves directly to the evidence presented on food prices as influenced by government policies, and on households' actual food consumption choices. The economics approach to food consumption aims to explain our diverse choices in terms of a common decision-making process.

Keywords: economic development; government policies; food consumption; decision-making; choices

Article.  8957 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Economic Development and Growth ; Public Economics

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