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The Geography of Poverty and Nutrition: Food Deserts and Food Choices Across the United States

Hunt Allcott, Rebecca Diamond, Jean-Pierre Dubé

NBER Working Paper No. 24094
Issued in December 2017, Revised in January 2018

---- Acknowledgments ----

We thank Catherine Wright for exceptional research assistance, and we thank Charles Courtemanche and Sungho Park for sharing data. We also thank seminar participants at Columbia, Duke, the 2015 and 2016 NBER Summer Institutes, Microsoft Research, New York University, Princeton, Stanford, the Tilburg Christmas Research Camp, the University of Pennsylvania, and USC Marshall for helpful comments. We are grateful for funding from the Chicago Booth Initiative on Global Markets. This paper reflects the authors' own analyses and calculations based in part on data reported by Nielsen through its Homescan, RMS, and PanelViews services for all grocery categories over 2004-2015, for all retail channels in the U.S. market. The conclusions drawn from the Nielsen data are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of Nielsen. Nielsen is not responsible for, had no role in, and was not involved in analyzing and preparing the results reported herein. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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