Research Recaps

The Geography of Poverty and Nutrition: Food Deserts and Food Choices across the United States

Key Takeway

In event study designs, researchers find economically small (and mostly statistically insignificant) effects of store entry on healthy eating. While consumers shift their purchases toward new store entrants, these purchases are primarily substituted away from other supermarkets, suggesting that benefits of combatting “food deserts” derive primarily from reducing consumers’ travel costs.

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