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Distribution Dynamics of Dietary Energy Supply in the World

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  • Fousekis, Panos
  • Lazaridis, Panagiotis

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This paper investigates the law of motion for the cross-section distribution of dietary energy supply (DES) in the world. This has been pursued using the distribution approach and a panel of 152 countries for the period 1961-2001. According to the empirical results, persistence in caloric intakes dominates in the short-run. With time, however, upwards mobility gains momentum and the world is moving towards a long-run distribution, which is strongly skewed to the left. The estimated expected first passage times from extreme under-supply to higher intake levels are consistent with speculations that most of the developing countries will attain the 3000 kcal per person per day level by the year 2030.

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Article provided by Greek Association of Agricultural Economists in its journal Agricultural Economics Review.

Volume (Year): 06 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:aergaa:44097

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Keywords: caloric intakes; mobility; World; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; C10; D12;

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  1. Fousekis, Panos, 2009. "International Consumption Patterns for Proteins and Fats: Intra-distributional Mobility and the Role of Income Elasticity," Agricultural Economics Review, Greek Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 10(1), January.

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