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Calories, conflict and correlates: Redistributive food security in post-conflict Iraq

Arsalan San Ahmed and Garth John Holloway

Food Policy, 2017, vol. 68, issue C, 89-99

Abstract: War-torn Iraq manifests itself as an ideal laboratory for food-policy experimentation due to availability of unique data surrounding intra-household calorie consumption and the presence of selected correlates including, but not restricted to, substantial disruptions to social infrastructure and fundamental public-policy intervention. Among other findings, expenditure elasticities are mostly positive and dramatically curvilinear with respect to wealth; and lump-sum redistribution of The Iraqi Public Distribution System emerges as a feasible policy intervention. Extensions are discussed.

Keywords: Calories; Conflict; Correlates; Public intervention; Iraq (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O12 P25 Q18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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