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Are fruit and vegetable voucher policies cost-effective?

Olivier de Mouzon, Vincent Réquillart (), L.-G. Soler, J. Dallongeville and L. Dauchet

European Review of Agricultural Economics, 2012, vol. 39, issue 5, 771-795

Abstract: We quantify the economic and health effects of a fruit and vegetable (F&V) voucher policy designed for increasing F&V consumption among low-income consumers. The analysis combined two models: an economic model which predicts how F&V consumption is affected by a change in policy, and a health model which evaluates the impact of a change in F&V consumption in terms of death avoided and life-years saved. We find that targeted F&V voucher policies can be more cost-effective than non-targeted policies based on tax decreases, but only when the targeted policy is focused narrowly on the lowest income consumers. , Oxford University Press.

Date: 2012
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