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In-kind transfers as insurance

In-kind transfers as insurance

Working Paper
Using calorie shortfalls as a marginal utility proxy, we find that in-kind transfers are preferred for low-income Indian households.

29 June 2022

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The decline of home-cooked food

Journal article

We show that observed behaviour can be rationalised by the fact that the shadow price of home-cooked food, which accounts for the fact that cooking takes time, has risen relative to the price of ready-to-eat food.

20 June 2022

The Economic Journal

Price floors and externality correction

Journal article

We evaluate the impact of a price floor for alcohol introduced in Scotland in 2018, using a difference-in-differences strategy with England as a contr

31 January 2022

IFS WP2021/14 The decline of home cooked food

The decline of home cooked food

Working Paper
We consider a simple model of food consumption and time use which captures the driving forces behind the decline of home-cooked food.

14 June 2021

No free lunch? Some pros and cons of holiday free school meals

Comment

The last few days have seen free school meals in England rocket to the front of the papers, as many MPs, campaign groups and businesses have lined up behind Marcus Rashford’s proposals to extend free school meal vouchers through the school holidays until Easter next year. While the motion was defeated last week, the Labour party has promised to bring the motion again – and several Conservative MPs have already indicated that it may receive a more sympathetic hearing the second time around.

28 October 2020

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How Well Targeted Are Soda Taxes?

Journal article

Soda taxes aim to reduce excessive sugar consumption. We assess who are most impacted by soda taxes. We estimate demand using micro longitudinal data covering on-the-go purchases, and exploit the panel dimension to estimate individual specific preferences. We relate these preferences and counterfactual predictions to individual characteristics and show that soda taxes are relatively effective at targeting the sugar intake of the young, are less successful at targeting the intake of those with high total dietary sugar, and are unlikely to be strongly regressive especially if consumers benefit from averted internalities.

6 August 2020

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Could restricting junk food advertising reduce obesity?

Comment

Reports suggest that the government is planning on introducing new measures to tackle obesity, including a ban on television advertising of food and drink products that are high in fat, sugar or salt before the 9pm watershed.

27 July 2020

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Universal free school meals are back on the table

Comment

In their manifestos, both the Labour party and the Liberal Democrats have promised to extend free school meals to more children. The Labour party would introduce free school meals for all children in primary schools, while the Liberal Democrats would offer them to all secondary-school pupils whose families are receiving universal credit as well. Meanwhile, in their manifesto the Conservative party promises to “maintain our commitment” to free school meals – which we interpret as a plan to keep policy as it is.

5 December 2019

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Complementarities in the Production of Child Health

Working Paper

This paper estimates flexible child health production functions to investigate whether better water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices make nutrition intake more productive for children aged 6-24 months.

14 June 2019