Shopping Behavior of Food Stamps Users: the Role of Decision Conflict

Analysis of shopping baskets suggests that food stamps users purchase a greater proportion of unhealthy food items relative to nonusers of food stamps. Furthermore, they seem less susceptible to the “mode-of-payment effect” (wherein paying in cash triggers more prudent purchase decisions). We discuss the policy implications of those findings.


Dinesh Gauri, Yu Ma, and Manoj Thomas (2017) ,"Shopping Behavior of Food Stamps Users: the Role of Decision Conflict", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 45, eds. Ayelet Gneezy, Vladas Griskevicius, and Patti Williams, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 170-174.


Dinesh Gauri, University of Arkansas, USA
Yu Ma, McGill University, Canada
Manoj Thomas, Cornell University, USA


NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 45 | 2017

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