Food Consumption in Relationship with Family Type

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Dr. Lyubov Kurkalova



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Publication Date

Fall 2019


For this research, our main objectives were to analyze the time patterns in food consumption in North Carolina by family type. The data used comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) quarterly Consumer Expenditure Surveys for 3 years (2015, 2016, 2017). Married couples with one child under age of six, the group of the largest sample size, is the only family type that showed a preference for fresh fruit and vegetables over the processed ones. We do not find a notable seasonality in food at home consumption. We also find that single consumers

have the highest food at home consumption, when compared to other family types. Regression analysis showed that the households with a female head spent significantly less on for food away from home, when compared to the households with a male decision-maker. We also find that the highest income class consumers spend significantly more on food away from home, when compared to the other income classes. We do find some effect of race on consumption, but this effect requires further studies.

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