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Modelling variety in consumption expenditure on food in India

Jha, Raghbendra; Gaiha, Raghav; Sharma, Anurag

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In this paper we compute nutrient-income elasticities for two macronutrients (calories and protein) and five micronutrients (calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, carotene and iron) using an all-India sample of rural households for 1994. We show that in each case the respective elasticities are positive and significant. This lends support to our hypothesis that an increase in income would increase nutrient intake by varying amounts, contrary to some assertions. We then compute differences in the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorJha, Raghbendra
dc.contributor.authorGaiha, Raghav
dc.contributor.authorSharma, Anurag
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:12:35Z
dc.identifier.issn0269-2171
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/49727
dc.description.abstractIn this paper we compute nutrient-income elasticities for two macronutrients (calories and protein) and five micronutrients (calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, carotene and iron) using an all-India sample of rural households for 1994. We show that in each case the respective elasticities are positive and significant. This lends support to our hypothesis that an increase in income would increase nutrient intake by varying amounts, contrary to some assertions. We then compute differences in the elasticity of substitution for non-poor and poor across commodity groups and show that these differences, while significant, are small.This further corroborates our conclusion that increases in income of the poor would lead to greater increases in their nutrient intake as compared to the non-poor,although the magnitudes will be small.
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceInternational Review of Applied Economics
dc.subjectKeywords: consumption behavior; demand elasticity; food consumption; household expenditure; household income; modeling; nutrition; poverty; rural society; Asia; Eurasia; India; South Asia Macronutrients; Micronutrients; Nutrient-income elasticities; Rural India
dc.titleModelling variety in consumption expenditure on food in India
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume23
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor140202 - Economic Development and Growth
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4002919xPUB191
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationJha, Raghbendra, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationGaiha, Raghav, University of Delhi
local.contributor.affiliationSharma, Anurag, Monash University
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage503
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage519
local.identifier.doi10.1080/02692170902954809
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:21:59Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-65349161301
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