Using Administrative Data to Examine Telemedicine Usage Among Medicaid Beneficiaries During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Medical Care (July 2022). Published version;
- Media Coverage: Chicago Booth Review
Abstract: Increasing the salience of unit prices can reduce consumption inequality. Using Nielsen data, I show that low-income households forgo savings by not buying in bulk. I estimate that low-income households could save 5% on groceries if they bought in bulk like high-income households. Using novel data on state-level unit-price regulations and warehouse club entry, I find that cognitive costs, store preferences, liquidity constraints, and storage costs discourage low-income households from bulk buying. Mandating unit price display, a policy adopted by nine states, may reduce cognitive costs, increase the salience of unit prices, and close the ``bulk buying gap’’ by 26%.
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Made from Scratch: SNAP and Lottery Sales (in progress) with Jason Sockin