TitleIdentifying Factors that Influence State-specific Hunger Rates in the U.S.: A Simple Analytic Method for Understanding a Persistent Problem
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsEdwards, M, Weber, B, Bernell, S
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Pagination579 - 595
Date Published2007
ISBN Number0303-8300

An existing measure of food insecurity with hunger in the United States may serve as an effective indicator of quality of life. State level differences in that measure can reveal important differences in quality of life across places. In this study, we advocate and demonstrate two simple methods by which analysts can explore state-specific contributions to state-specific hunger rates. Using existing survey data and the U.S. Department of Agriculture measure of household food insecurity with hunger, we illustrate how comparing group-specific hunger rates within states and how the demographic method of standardization can both be used to assess how a state's population and local characteristics influence hunger rates and other quality of life indicators associated with hunger.