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Eating Better for Less

Effectiveness of Financial Incentives in Modifying Dietary and Grocery Shopping Behavior

Published May 23, 2013

by Ruopeng An

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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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This document was submitted as a dissertation in April 2013 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the RAND Pardee Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Roland Sturm (Chair), Emmett Keeler, and Chloe Bird.

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