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Modelling variety in consumption expenditure on food in India

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  • Raghbendra Jha
  • Raghav Gaiha
  • Anurag Sharma

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In this paper we compute nutrient-income elasticities for two macronutrients (calories and protein) and five micronutrients (calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, carotene and iron) using an all-India sample of rural households for 1994. We show that in each case the respective elasticities are positive and significant. This lends support to our hypothesis that an increase in income would increase nutrient intake by varying amounts, contrary to some assertions. We then compute differences in the elasticity of substitution for non-poor and poor across commodity groups and show that these differences, while significant, are small. This further corroborates our conclusion that increases in income of the poor would lead to greater increases in their nutrient intake as compared to the non-poor, although the magnitudes will be small.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal International Review of Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 23 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 503-519

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Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:23:y:2009:i:4:p:503-519

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Keywords: nutrient-income elasticities; macronutrients; micronutrients; rural India;

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  1. 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.
  2. Raghav Gaiha & Nidhi Kaicker & Katsushi S. Imai & Ganesh Thapa, 2012. "Demand for Nutrients in India: An Analysis Based on the 50th, 61st and 66th Rounds of the NSS," Discussion Paper Series DP2012-14, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University.
  3. Raghav Gaiha & Nidhi Kaicker & Katsushi Imai & Vani S. Kulkarni & Ganesh Thapa, 2012. "Has Dietary Transition Slowed Down in India: An analysis based on 50th, 61st and 66th Rounds of NSS," ASARC Working Papers 2012-07, The Australian National University, Australia South Asia Research Centre.
  4. 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.

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