Parental investment in child nutrition

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 25.09.2012, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Rachel Griffith (University of Manchester)


We are interested in what factors have driven the increase in demand for processed foods. We develop and estimate a model of household choice over time allocation and consumption. The model incorporates the trade-offs between cooking and purchasing pre-prepared meals, working to earn income and spending leisure time with children. Empirically we estimate the model using data form the UK to learn about the elasticities of demand for home-cooked food to market prices and shadow prices of time and ingredients, which are functions of wages and household size. We consider what is the relative importance of these factors in leading to the decline in home-cooked food. Counterfactually, we consider how would policies such as wage subsidies, taxes and other policies affect the composition of food consumed and therefore child outcomes.

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