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An Introduction to Economic Analysis of Food Security and Nutrition Interventions

Published:January 26, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2018.11.015
      Thorough, well-documented economic analyses can make an important contribution to the evidence base on what works, and at what cost, in improving food security and nutrition in varying contexts and circumstances. Some nutrition and food security intervention studies have explicitly incorporated economic analyses into their evaluations. Examples include evaluations of interventions to address micronutrient deficiencies in low- and middle-income countries and behavior change programs aimed at diet modifications as summarized in two review articles,
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      Critical review of economic evaluation studies of interventions promoting low-fat diets.
      • Gyles C.L.
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      school-based nutrition education,
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      • Koch P.A.
      • Wang Y.C.
      • Lee Gray H.
      • Contento I.R.
      Cost-effectiveness of a nutrition education curriculum intervention in elementary schools.
      the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program,
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      Using national data to estimate average cost effectiveness of EFNEP outcomes by state/territory.
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      • Long M.W.
      • Gortmaker S.L.
      • Ward Z.J.
      • et al.
      Cost effectiveness of a sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax in the U.S.
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      Biography

      K. P. Adams is an assistant project scientist, Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis.

      Biography

      J. A. Lee is an Altarum fellow, Altarum, Ann Arbor, MI.

      Biography

      E. Piltch is a Hunger Free Communities Study Coordinator, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, Chicago, IL.

      Biography

      E. Y. Jimenez is director, Nutrition Research Network, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL, and research associate professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque.