The Long-Run Prevalence of Food Insufficiency among Older Americans.

TitleThe Long-Run Prevalence of Food Insufficiency among Older Americans.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsLevy, HG
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
ISSN Number2040-5790
KeywordsFood insecurity, food insufficiency, hardship

The prevalence of food insufficiency among seniors in any given year is well-documented, but the prevalence of this hardship over a longer time period in later life is unknown. Using panel data from the Health and Retirement Study, I find that about 8% of seniors report food insufficiency over a two-year recall window, while 22% experience it at some point over the two decades of their sixties and seventies. Food insufficiency is not concentrated among a small group of persistently disadvantaged elderly, but is instead a surprisingly common feature of the later life course.

Citation Key13507
PubMed ID36148327
PubMed Central IDPMC9491516
Grant List27307C0010 / ES / NIEHS NIH HHS / United States
U01 AG009740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States