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A new year, a new you? Heterogeneity and self-control in food purchases / Laurens Cherchye (University of Leuven), Bram De Rock (Universite Libre de Bruxelles and University of Leuven), Rachel Griffith (IFS and University of Manchester), Martin OConnell (Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)), Kate Smith (IFS and University College London), Frederic Vermeulen (University of Leuven, Universidad del Pacífico, and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserCherchye, Laurens In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; De Rock, Bram In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Griffith, Rachel In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; O'Connell, Martin In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Smith, Kate In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Vermeulen, Frederic In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, December 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11205
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-145847 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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We document considerable within-person (over time) variation in diet quality that is not fully explained by responses to fluctuations in the economic environment. We propose a two-selves model that provides a structural interpretation to this variation, in which food choices are a compromise between a healthy and an unhealthy self, each with wellbehaved preferences. We show that the data are consistent with this model using revealed preference methods. The extent of self-control problems is higher among younger and lower income consumers, though this is overstated if we do not control for responses to fluctuations in the economic environment. Our results are intuitively related to stated attitudes on self-control.