In-person, pick up or delivery? Evolving patterns of household spending behavior through the early reopening phase of the COVID-19 pandemic

Maher Said, Divyakant Tahlyan, Amanda Stathopoulos, Hani Mahmassani*, Joan Walker, Susan Shaheen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Consumer reactions to COVID-19 pandemic disruptions have been varied, including modifications in spending frequency, amount, product categories and delivery channels. This study analyzes spending data from a sample of 720 U.S. households during the start of deconfinement and early vaccine rollout to understand changes in spending and behavior one year into the pandemic. This paper finds that overall spending is similar to pre-pandemic levels, except for a 28% decline in prepared food spending. More educated and higher income households with children have shifted away from in-person spending, whereas politically conservative respondents are more likely to shop in-person and via pickup.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-311
Number of pages17
JournalTravel Behaviour and Society
Volume31
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2023

Keywords

  • Covid-19 pandemic
  • Household expenditure
  • Hurdle regression
  • Longitudinal survey
  • Spending behavior
  • Spending channels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation

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