Improving diet quality is a key health promotion strategy. Despite substantial interest in the role of prices and financial incentives to encourage healthy eating, there is little data on population-level price interventions. This dissertation examines the effectiveness of subsidies in modifying dietary and grocery shopping behavior by evaluating a nationwide price rebate program for healthy food purchases in South Africa.
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Effectiveness of Subsidies in Promoting Healthy Food Purchases and Consumption: A Review of Field Experiments
HealthyFood — a National Rebate Program for Healthy Food Purchases in South Africa
Evaluation of a National Rebate Program for Healthy Food Purchases: Instrumental Variable Analysis
Effect of a National Rebate Program for Healthy Food Purchases in Modifying Grocery Shopping Behavior
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