A Choices Magazine theme issue released today explores the economics of food deserts.
Guest editors Dave D. Weatherspoon, Shelly Ver Ploeg, and Paula Dutko provide the theme overview and links to four more articles. Weatherspoon and colleagues use data from a natural experiment, when a new retailer set up shop in a low-income neighborhood of Detroit. Tatiana Andreyeva suggests that WIC's new fruit and vegetable vouchers may have improved the healthfulness of local food retail in Connecticut. Dutko reviews the economic disadvantages observed in food deserts. And Alessandro Bonanno's article stands out for its attention to the economics of food retail supply as well as consumer needs. Attention to both need and supply is essential for people who want to think sharply about the food retail improvements that are truly feasible, not merely wishful thinking.