A note on modelling household food waste behaviour

Jayson L. Lusk, Brenna Ellison

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Food waste is increasingly recognized as a global challenge, with both public and private efforts aimed at reducing food waste from farm to fork. However, analyses of food waste often fail to treat the problem as an economic phenomenon, where consumers’ utility maximizing decisions result in discarded food. In an effort to guide future research, this article presents a conceptual model of household food waste, showing that decisions to discard food depend on food prices and wage and nonwage income.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1199-1202
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - Sep 20 2017


  • Food waste
  • consumer preferences
  • household production model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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