Economics at your fingertips  

Will Developing Country Nutrition Improve with Income? A Case Study for Rural South India

Jere Behrman and Anil Deolalikar ()

Journal of Political Economy, 1987, vol. 95, issue 3, 492-507

Abstract: The World Bank and others maintain that the major mechanism for improving nutrition in poor communities is increases in income. Aggregate estimates of food expenditure are consistent with such a possibility, implying income/expenditure elasticities close to one. However, the high degree of aggregation at which such estimates are made means that the considerable increase in price per nutrient as income increases is ignored, and the nutrient elasticities are therefore overstated. Estimates for a rural south Indian sample indicate that this bias is considerable and that the true nutrient elasticities with respect to income may be close to zero. Copyright 1987 by University of Chicago Press.

Date: 1987
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (174) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) full text (application/pdf)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers. See for details.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in Journal of Political Economy from University of Chicago Press
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Journals Division ().

Page updated 2019-12-05
Handle: RePEc:ucp:jpolec:v:95:y:1987:i:3:p:492-507