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Household expenditure in the wake of terrorism: Evidence from high frequency in-home-scanner data

Daniel Mirza, Elena Stancanelli and Thierry Verdier ()

Economics & Human Biology, 2022, vol. 46, issue C

Abstract: This paper adds to the scant literature on the impact of terrorism on consumer behaviour, focusing on household spending on goods that are sensitive to brain-stress neurocircuitry. These include sweet- and fat-rich foods but also home necessities and female-personal-hygiene products, the only female-targeted good in our data. We examine unique continuous in-home-scanner expenditure data for a representative sample of about 15,000 French households, observed in the days before and after the terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert-hall. We find that the attack increased expenditure on sugar-rich food by over 5% but not that on salty food or soda drinks. Spending on home maintenance products went up by almost 9%. We detect an increase of 23.5% in expenditure on women’s personal hygiene products. We conclude that these effects are short-lived and driven by the responses of households with children, youths, and those residing within a few-hours ride of the place of the attack.

Keywords: Conflict economics; Household economics; Food consumption; Stress (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D1 D12 F52 I12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2022.101150

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