Price Trends Are Similar for Fruits, Vegetables, and Snack Foods
by Fred Kuchler
and Hayden Stewart
Economic Research Report No. (ERR-55) 29 pp, March 2008
An increase in the price of fruits and vegetables relative to less healthy foods could reduce consumers' incentives to purchase fruits and vegetables and result in less healthy diets. Whether such a change in relative prices and incentives has occurred in the United States is difficult to prove because of substantial quality improvements in many fresh fruits and vegetables. For commonly consumed fresh fruits and vegetables for which quality has remained fairly constant, analysis of price trends reveals a price decline similar to that of dessert and snack foods. This price trend evidence suggests that the price of a healthy diet has not changed relative to an unhealthy one, although a healthy diet might not include every fresh fruit or vegetable currently available.
Keywords: Fresh fruit and vegetable prices, price trends, quality change, overweight
In this publication...
- Report summary,
- Abstract, Acknowledgments, and Contents,
- Why Is It Difficult To Say Whether Relative Prices Have Changed?,
- Price Indices May Not Adequately Account for Quality Change,
- Holding Quality Constant: What Can We Learn About How Relative Prices Have Changed?,
- Entire report,
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