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Measures of Food Insecurity at the Household Level

Indranil Dutta, Craig Gundersen and Prasanta K. Pattanaik

No RP2006-95, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: Food insecurity and hunger have traditionally been measured by aggregate food supplies or by variables correlated with food insecurity. Because these measures often poorly reflect individuals' true deprivation, economists have turned to surveys with direct questions about food insecurity. Using these surveys, households have then been classified into broad categories, a classification system which ignores the richness of the multiple questions.

Keywords: Equality and inequality; Food security; Measurement (Poverty); Public welfare (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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