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FOOD AWAY FROM HOME AND CALORIC INTAKE: THE ROLE OF RESTAURANT MENU LABELING LAWS

Jessica E. Todd, Lisa Mancino, Brandon Restrepo, Claudine Kavanaugh, Chris Dicken and Vince Breneman

Economic Inquiry, 2021, vol. 59, issue 1, 53-71

Abstract: We analyze whether local and state mandates to post calorie information on restaurant menus change the effect of consuming food prepared away from home (FAFH) on total caloric intake. Information on area demographics and the local food environment were used to construct a comparison group. For identification, we use differences in two days of dietary intake and timing variations in policy implementation. We find the effect of FAFH meals on total daily intake is reduced by 21 calories among adults and by 34 calories among young children for each year the mandate is in place. (JEL I12, I18, H75)

Date: 2021
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