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The Healthy Incentives Pilot and Fruit and Vegetable Intake: Interim Results

Jacob Alex Klerman, Susan Bartlett, Parke Wilde () and Lauren Olsho

No 161655, 2014 Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting, January 3-5, 2014, Philadelphia, PA from Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Abstract: In response to low consumption of fruits and vegetables by SNAP recipients, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service created the Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP) to test the efficacy of providing a 30% incentive for purchases of fruits and vegetables. Published elasticity estimates imply that a pure price reduction of 30% would increase fruit and vegetable consumption by about 20%, i.e., about a fifth of a cup per day. This paper considers the applicability of predictions based on a pure price reduction. It then reports interim results of a random assignment evaluation of HIP which find an increase of about a fifth of a cup per day.

Keywords: Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Health Economics and Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.161655

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