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Replication data for: How Food Banks Use Markets to Feed the Poor

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Prendergast, Canice
Publication Date
2017-01-03
Description
  • Abstract

    A difficult issue for organizations is how to assign valuable resources across competing opportunities. This work describes how Feeding America allocates about 300 million pounds of food a year to over two hundred food banks across the United States. It does so in an unusual way: in 2005, it switched from a centralized queuing system, where food banks would wait their turn, to a market-based mechanism where they bid daily on truckloads of food using a "fake" currency called shares. The change and its impact are described here, showing how the market system allowed food banks to sort based on their preferences.
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  • Is supplemented by
    DOI: 10.1257/jep.31.4.145 (Text)
Publications
  • Prendergast, Canice. “How Food Banks Use Markets to Feed the Poor.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 31, no. 4 (November 2017): 145–62. https://doi.org/10.1257/jep.31.4.145.
    • ID: 10.1257/jep.31.4.145 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2019-10-13 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-10-13

Prendergast, Canice (2017): Replication data for: How Food Banks Use Markets to Feed the Poor. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. http://doi.org/10.3886/E113999