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Research Developments in Food-Away-From-Home: A look at methods, data, and consumer choice

AAEA annual meeting track session

The 2024 AAEA Annual Meeting Track Session sponsored by the Food and Agricultural Marketing Policy Section as well as the Health Economics Section, “Research Developments in Food-Away-From-Home: A look at methods, data, and consumer choice” will focus on Food-away-from-home consumption and expenditures have been increasing for decades representing a large share of consumer budgets and energy intake. Given its importance, economic shocks that dramatically alter how much and where Americans purchase foods, like the COVID-19 pandemic, will have implications upstream on food producers and downstream on consumer’s diet quality.

This session brings together researchers from government and academia at various stages of career development to discuss novel research on U.S. food away from home. Each presentation emphasizes different aspects of food-away-from-home choices, which is often overlooked in policy analysis because of lack of information.

The research presented will examine the: (1) role of consumer preferences in restaurant visitation, (2) entrance of a new restaurants impacts consumer choice (3) impact of peer effects on online restaurant ordering behavior, and (4) nutritional implications of choosing food items from restaurants or retail.

Presentations in this session:

  1. An Integrative Analysis of Consumer Foot Traffic and Preferences for Eating OutYingxin Tan, Purdue University
  2. Food choices, food access, and nutritional outcomesAngelos Lagoudakis, Iowa State University
  3. Peer Effects on Online Ordering Behavior in Food Away From Home SettingsPratibha Bist, Purdue University
  4. What’s in a meal? A look at food sourcing from restaurants and at homeKeenan Marchesi, USDA – Economic Research Service

This session will take place on Monday, July 29 from 10:00 am 11:30 am CST in the New Orleans Marriott in Balcony I on the fourth floor.

If you are interested in attending the 2024 AAEA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, please send a completed complimentary media registration to Allison Ware in the AAEA Business Office. You can also learn more on our Annual Meeting Media Kit page.

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 three journals, the Journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (an open access journal), 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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