School Seminar: Bram de Rock (ECARES)
The School of Economics invites you to a School seminar by Bram de Rock (European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics – University Libre de Bruxelles)
A new year, a new you? A two-selves model of within-individual variation in food purchases
Laurens Cherchye (University of Leuven), Rachel Griffith (University of Manchester), Martin O’Connell (Institute for Fiscal Studies), Kate Smith (University College London) and Frederic Vermeulen (University of Leuven)
We document that within-individual variation in food choices is substantial and has potentially important consequences for nutrition, and hence well-being. We develop an approach that allows us to study the determinants of this within-individual variation within an economic framework and allow for across-individual preference heterogeneity. We show that around one quarter of within-individual fluctuations in diet quality are explained by standard economic variables (prices and budgets), along with advertising and weather. The residual fluctuations are important and are larger for lower income and younger people, and individuals who state they are impulsive.
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