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Food consumption and diet quality choices of Roma in Romania: a counterfactual analysis

Pavel Ciaian, Andrej Cupak (), Jan Pokrivcak () and Marian Rizov ()

Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food, 2018, vol. 10, issue 2, 437-456

Abstract: Abstract This paper analyses the diet quality aspect of food security of Roma in Romania. We employed a modified Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition technique using Household Budget Survey data for the period 2004–2011. The estimates suggest that Roma have inferior diet diversity compared to the non-Roma. Around one-third of the diet diversity gap is explained by the differences in observed socio-economic factors, whereas the remaining part of the gap is attributed to unobserved factors. We argue that the unexplained component of the diet diversity gap is caused by the discrimination of the Roma on the labour market and by their specific informal institutions.

Keywords: Diet diversity; Diet diversity gap; Informal institutions; Discrimination; Roma (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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