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Are fruit and vegetable voucher policies cost-effective?

O. de Mouzon, V. Réquillart, L.-G. Soler, J. Dallongeville and L. Dauchet

in European Review of Agricultural Economics

Volume 39, issue 5, pages 771-795
Published in print December 2012 | ISSN: 0165-1587
Published online June 2012 | e-ISSN: 1464-3618 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/erae/jbs013
Are fruit and vegetable voucher policies cost-effective?

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We quantify the economic and health effects of a fruit and vegetable (F&V) voucher policy designed for increasing F&V consumption among low-income consumers. The analysis combined two models: an economic model which predicts how F&V consumption is affected by a change in policy, and a health model which evaluates the impact of a change in F&V consumption in terms of death avoided and life-years saved. We find that targeted F&V voucher policies can be more cost-effective than non-targeted policies based on tax decreases, but only when the targeted policy is focused narrowly on the lowest income consumers.

Keywords: cost-effectiveness analysis; fruits and vegetables; health impact assessment; health policy; D61; I18; Q18

Journal Article.  8954 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Welfare Economics ; Economics of Health ; Agricultural Economics

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