Progress 09/28/04 to 09/30/08
During FY 2008, findings from the school-meal experiments were synthesized and drafted as an ERS economic research report. The final report "Behavioral Economic Concepts to Encourage Healthy Eating in School Cafeterias (David Just, Brian Wansink, Lisa Mancino and Joanne Guthrie) cleared the ERS Peer Review Coordinating Council for publicaion in FY08. A draft of this research was also synthesized for an Amber Waves feature (with Joanne Guthrie).
- Just, D., Mancino, L., and Wansink, B., 2007, Could Behavioral Economics Help Improve Diet Quality for Nutrition Assistance Program Participants?, Economic Research Report, ERR-43, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, June, pp.
- David R. Just, Brian Wansink, Lisa Mancino and Joanne Guthrie, 2008, Behavioral economic concepts to encourage healthy eating in school cafeterias: Experiments and lessons from college students, Economic Research Report, ERR-68, ERS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, December, pp.
Progress 10/01/04 to 09/30/05
A prelimanary draft of the white paper was prepared and reviewed. Currently, work is underway on addressing suggested changes. A description of an experiment to evaluate how providing options that allow students to either pre-select, pre-pay or both pre-select and prepay for certain menu items affects the healthfulness of meal choices was drafted and approved. Theses experiments will be conducted once construction on the Food and Brand Lab is complete.