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Food Insecurity or Poverty? Measuring Need-Related Dietary Adequacy

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  • Jayanta Bhattacharya
  • Steven Haider
  • Janet Currie

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We examine the extent to which food insecurity questions and the standard poverty measure are correlated with various dietary and physiologic outcomes. Our findings suggest that the correlations vary tremendously by age. We find that the food insecurity questions are correlated with the dietary outcomes of older household members, but that they are not consistently related to the diets of children. In contrast, poverty predicts dietary outcomes among preschoolers. Among adults, both poverty and food insecurity questions are good predictors of many dietary outcomes.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 9003.

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Date of creation: Jun 2002
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Publication status: published as Bhattacharya J., J. Currie, and S. Haider. “Food Insecurity or Poverty? Measuring Need-Related Diet Adequacy." Journal of Health Economics 23, 4 (2004): 839-862.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:9003

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  1. J. P. Derrickson & J. E.L. Anderson & A. G. Fisher, . "Concurrent Validity of the Face Valid Food Security Measure," Institute for Research on Poverty Discussion Papers 1206-00, University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty.
  2. Nord, Mark, 2005. "Measuring U.S. Household Food Security," Amber Waves, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, April.
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  1. George J. Borjas, 2002. "Food Insecurity and Public Assistance," NBER Working Papers 9236, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Ribar, David C. & Hamrick, Karen S., 2003. "Dynamics Of Poverty And Food Sufficiency," Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Reports 33851, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

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