NYU Dataset

Using Tax Credits to Introduce Supermarkets in Low-Income Areas Datasets

UID: 10137
Author(s): Brian Elbel

Researchers collected data in the South Bronx to determine the impact of government-subsidized supermarkets in high-need areas on food availability and dietary habits. Data was collected in Morrisania, a community in the South Bronx where the government-subsidized New York City FRESH Program supermarket was opened and in Highbridge, a comparison community in the South Bronx that does not have a similar program.

Data was collected via street-intercept survey and follow-up 24 hour recall over the telephone on the habits of children through their parents/caregivers. Data collection occurred in 2011 in three waves: in Morrisania before the supermarket opened, in Morrisania after the supermarket opened, and in Highbridge. Data collected included demographic information (e.g., gender, age, race/ethnicity, household income, education, marital status, household size, and employment), where participants typically shopped for food, how far they travelled to their usual store, whether participants had heard of a new store opening in their neighborhood, household food availability of selected healthful and unhealthful foods, and food consumption habits. A total of 2230 surveys were collected.

2011 - 2012
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New York (State) - New York City
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