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How Does Food Choice Change in Specialized Populations?

Three AAEA members present new research at 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting

Despite the current fitness craze, nutrition labels, and vast research showing the benefits of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein, U.S. adults and children still do not eat the recommended amounts. Habits which children form in their youth often continue into adulthood, as do health effects of poor diet choices. Those who live in poverty often do not have access to nutrient dense foods, do not know how to cook with them, or are unfamiliar with them.

In the track session “Experiments on Food Choice in Specialized Populations: Food Pantry Users and Children” sponsored by the AAEA sections, Experimental Economics (EXECON) and the Institutional & Behavioral Economics Section (IBES), three presentations examine the value of pantry food items, food choice behavior, children’s response to food price, and food choices in school cafeterias.

Organizer, Moderator, and Presenter in the session, Drew Hanks from The Ohio State University says, “I hope people leave with ideas for potential interventions that can encourage increases in fruit and vegetable consumption among both children and adults.  I also hope they learn that these interventions are not designed to work every time and that you need to adapt them to each context.”

If you are interested in attending the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting for this session please contact Allison Scheetz in the AAEA Business Office with a completed complimentary Media Registration form. You can also learn more on our Annual Meeting Media Kit page. For the complete program of events at the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting, download the mobile app by visiting your app store and searching for “AAEA 2019.”

About 1,400 participants are expected to attend the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting, which will take place on July 21-23 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

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