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Thursday, April 2, 2020

UVM Survey Explores the Coronavirus and Food Insecurity

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 4:42 PM


Food in a gorcery store - FILE: ALICE LEVITT
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  • Food in a gorcery store
Researchers at the University of Vermont, working with colleagues at Johns Hopkins University, have developed and distributed a survey to learn how the coronavirus might impact food insecurity.

Meredith Niles, lead investigator and assistant professor in UVM’s Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, said in a press release that the pandemic has “highlighted a number of instabilities in the food system.”

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

UVM Economist Sara Solnick on COVID-19, Fear and Consumer Behavior

Posted By on Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 9:30 AM

Sara Solnick - COURTESY OF FRANCES SOLNICK
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Sara Solnick is associate professor and chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Vermont and has expertise in applied microeconomics. Seven Days asked her about the coronavirus and its possible impact on restaurant dining. She replied by email from London, where she's visiting her daughter.

SEVEN DAYS: How does consumer behavior typically change when people are worried or fearful? Is there research that applies specifically to eating out?

SARA SOLNICK: There is research on food safety specifically and dining out, and, as you would expect, people who are worried about food safety or who’ve had a bad experience are less likely to dine out. But in that case, people could avoid specific foods or a particular restaurant. This is a very unusual situation that combines concerns about health and concerns about income, because, for people who are not on salary, their income may be disrupted, and people with investments and retirement accounts have seen the markets drop.

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