Economic Research Report No. (ERR-178) 52 pp

November 2014

The Role of Time in Fast-Food Purchasing Behavior in the United States

This study examines the effects of time-use behaviors on fast-food purchases in the United States. Findings reveal that those who purchase fast food do so to save time, and the share of the population that purchased fast food on a given day stayed fairly constant during and after the 2007-09 recession.

Keywords: Food away from home, FAFH, fast food, time use, American Time Use Survey, Great Recession, time pressure, eating patterns, sleep

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