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Who has time to cook? : how family resources influence food preparation


Author:
Mancino, Lisa., Newman, Constance., United States, Department of Agriculture., and Economic Research Service.
Source:
USDA
Year:
2007
Subject:
Cooking, Food consumption, Time management, Social status, Food relief, cooking, food consumption, time management, and food aid
Abstract:
Households participating in the Food Stamp Program are increasingly headed by a single parent or two working parents. As this trend continues, more low-income households may find it difficult to allocate the time needed to prepare meals that fit within a limited budget and meet dietary requirements. Using Tobit analysis of the 2003-04 American Time Use Survey (ATUS), this study finds that household time resources significantly affect how much time is allocated to preparing food. In fact, working full-time and being a single parent appear to have a larger impact on time allocated to food preparation than an individual's earnings or household income do. The results are relevant for the design of food assistance programs as well as for improving our understanding of how different family time resources affect consumption behavior.
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
Series:
Economic research report (United States. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service) ; no. 40
Collection:
USDA publications
Permanent URL:
http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/19386