Date of Graduation

Summer 2021


Master of Science in Agriculture


College of Agriculture

Committee Chair

Arbindra Rimal


The purpose of this study was to examine the determinants of food insecurity at the state level with the goal of providing policy guidance to reduce the prevalence of food insecurity in the United States. Data for the study was collected from various governmental and non-governmental sources. Linear regression models and sensitivity analyses were conducted. The study found that increase in household income is likely to significantly reduce the prevalence of food insecurity and very low food security. While poverty alleviation is more important than level of education for food insecure households, level of education is more important than poverty alleviation for very low food secure households. Therefore, investments on education could significantly reduce the prevalence of very low food security.


food insecurity, very low food security, state level, income, cost-of-living, education, poverty

Subject Categories

Agricultural Economics


© Zhuoya Li

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