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Determinants of Dietary Quality: Evidence from Bangladesh

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  • Rashid, Dewan Arif
  • Smith, Lisa C.
  • Rahman, Tauhidur

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Whereas a large number of studies have been devoted to analyzing consumer demand for dietary quantity, much less attention has been paid to the demand for dietary quality. To address this gap in the literature, this paper explores the determinants of dietary quality in Bangladesh using data from a nationally representative household expenditure survey conducted in 2000. We find that while male education plays a positive role, female education has a substantially stronger influence. Further, female household headship is associated with lower dietary quality than male headship. Thus, promoting female education and addressing the unique constraints faced by female headed households with respect to diet quality could be a significant policy instrument for addressing food insecurity in Bangladesh.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 39 (2011)
Issue (Month): 12 ()
Pages: 2221-2231

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:39:y:2011:i:12:p:2221-2231

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Keywords: dietary quality; households; socioeconomic status; gender; Bangladesh; Asia;

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  1. Raghav Gaiha & Nidhi Kaicker & Katsushi S. Imai & Vani S. Kulkarni & Ganesh Thapa, 2012. "Diet Diversification and Diet Quality in India: An Analysis," Discussion Paper Series DP2012-30, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University.
  2. Liu, Jing & Shively, Gerald & Binkley, James, 2013. "Dietary Diversity in Urban and Rural China: An Endogenous Variety Approach," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 149624, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  3. Sraboni, Esha & Malapit, Hazel J. & Quisumbing, Agnes R. & Ahmed, Akhter U., 2013. "Women’s empowerment in agriculture: What role for food security in Bangladesh?:," IFPRI discussion papers 1297, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  4. Raghav Gaiha1 & Nidhi Kaicker & Katsushi Imai & Vani S. Kulkarni & Ganesh Thapa International Fund for Agricultural Development, Rome, 2012. "Dietary Shift and Diet Quality in India: An Analysis Based on 50th, 61st and 66th Rounds of NSS," ASARC Working Papers 2012-17, The Australian National University, Australia South Asia Research Centre.

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