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Tuesday, 5th November 2013

UK: Food Expenditure and Nutritional Quality Over the Great Recession

Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK)

From Executive Summary:

Real wages have declined and unemployment has increased since the
beginning of the recession in 2008, squeezing households’ budgets.
There has also been a substantial increase in the price of food relative
to other goods.

How households’ food purchasing behaviour responded is of interest
both because food is a large share of households’ total spending
(around 17.5% on average) and because changes in food purchasing
behaviour can have important implications for diet. We are able to
study this exploiting very detailed data on a set of households’ food
purchases through time.

British households have cut real expenditure on food brought into the
home. (Real expenditure on food is nominal expenditure on food
divided by the food component of the consumer price index.)

They have reduced the amount of calories they buy and substituted to
cheaper food. The reduction in calories was less than the reduction in
real expenditure.

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