U.S. food consumption expenditures away from home increased from 19 percent of total food expenditures in 1955 to 48 percent in 2015. Simultaneously, female participation in the labor force grew by 52.7 million women from 35 to 57 percent, signifying increased opportunity cost for women to prepare meals at home. This research uses an ordinary least squares regression to examine socioeconomic factors influencing the rise in U.S. food consumption expenditures away from home in 2018. Results inform food production and service industries’ marketing strategies, and set the stage for whether a new pattern emerges in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Market Trends in Food Consumption Expenditures Away From Home Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic,"
Undergraduate Economic Review: Vol. 17:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/uer/vol17/iss1/6