Food Prices and the Affordability of Healthy Diets: New Data and…

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In an AAEA session taking place at the 2022 ASSA Annual Meeting “[Food Prices and the Affordability of Healthy Diets: New Data and Methods to Inform Agriculture, Food Systems, Safety Nets and Nutrition Programs,” AAEA members provide new data on whether people can afford to eat healthy foods around the world. Research presented in this session begins with work underlying the United Nations’ estimate that about 3 billion people cannot afford a healthy diet worldwide, and adds new insights on impacts of COVID, long-term trends and historical perspectives on retail markets and food access in the U.S. and globally.

  • International Comparison of Retail Food Prices to Guide Agriculture and Food Systems

Yan Bai, Tufts University

Anna Herforth, Independent

Nada Hamadeh, World Bank Development Data Group

  • Impacts of COVID Severity and Climate Shocks on Food Prices around the World

Jessica Wallingford, Tufts University

Aishwarya Venkat, Tufts University

William Masters, Tufts University

  • Confidence Intervals and Long-Run Trends in Food Prices, the Cost of Basic Needs, and Global Poverty

Michail Moatsos, Utrecht University

  • What the Potato Did for Us: A Dual Approach to the Changing Value of Nutrients over the Seasons

Robert C. Allen, New York University

If you are interested in viewing this virtual session with a free Media & Press Registration on Friday, January 7 from 3:45 pm – 5:45 pm Easter, please contact Allison Ware in the AAEA Business Office.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

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