Working Papers, Department of Economics, Lund University
Does Easily Accessible Nutritional Labelling Increase Consumption of Healthy Meals away from Home? A Field Experiment Measuring the Impact of a Point-of-Purchase Healthy Symbol on Lunch Sales.
() and Jonas Nordström
Abstract: This paper analyses the effect on meal consumption away
from home of a point-of-purchase healthy symbol. We base the analysis on a
field experiment in a lunch restaurant. Our results suggest that meal
consumption does not increase if the meal is labeled with a healthy symbol.
Also, the mean nutritional content of meals consumed seems unaffected by
the introduction of a healthy labeled meal on the menu. Even if easily
accessible and understood, menu labeling therefore seems inefficient in
promoting healthier meal choices. Factors influencing meal consumption are
meal ingredients and the order of the meal on the menu.
Keywords: Consumer economics; food labelling; experiment; health; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D12; I10; (follow links to similar papers)
22 pages, November 7, 2011
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