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Calorie thresholds and undernutrition in India, 1993-2004

Kaicker, Nidhi; Gaiha, Raghav


Using fixed calorie norms to measure undernutrition is suspect due to familiar reasons. Recent studies have proposed an approach that relies on a calorie share of staples threshold. Our analysis with Indian household data shows that such a measure is of limited interest and potentially misleading because it confines variation in calorie share to a measure of wealth. Since even the poor substitute in response to changes in food prices, calorie and income thresholds change, and, consequently, the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Diets, malnutrition, and disease: The Indian Experience
DOI: .1016/j.jpolmod.2012.04.002


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