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Title

Food security, store access, and prices paid: Do the poor pay more for groceries?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2021

Department/School

Marketing

Publication Title

Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition

Abstract

This research examines food security using actual prices paid by a large panel of U.S. households of consumer-packed goods across seven store formats (e.g., grocery stores, drug stores, and convenience stores). Adjusted for household size and income, the percent of budget spent by three affluency groups (lower, moderate, and higher) found similar spending ratios at the two largest store formats, grocery and mass discounters. Low-income households paid significantly less overall and paid significantly lower prices in three of the four most shopped store formats. The findings suggest poorer consumers are more food secure than previously believed.

Link to Published Version

10.1080/19320248.2021.1997856

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