UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Matin Qaim, Georg-August University, Goettingen

Effects of Supermarkets on Consumer Health and Nutrition in Kenya

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Monday, November 7, 2016, 4:10 PM - 5:30 PM
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The study tests the hypothesis that the rapid expansion of supermarkets in Africa influences dietary patterns among food consumers, leads to less healthy diets, and thus contributes to rising obesity and chronic diseases. Household and individual level data from urban areas in Kenya are used to run various regression models. The hypothesis is largely confirmed for adult populations, but not for children. For children, supermarkets rather seem to contribute to lower rates of undernutrition.

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