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The Demand for Calories in Developing Countries

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  • Odin K. Knudsen
  • Pasquale L. Scandizzo

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This paper employs characteristic demand theory to estimate demand functions for calories for a set of developing countries and to investigate the potential impact of income growth, redistribution, and price changes on alleviating underconsumption of calories. The analysis finds that, although calorie elasticities with respect to income are substantial for the poorer consumers, income growth above historical rates is required for the food needs of the entire population to be satisfied within the next fifteen years, even if calorie prices remain constant and income distribution does not become more unequal.

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  • Odin K. Knudsen & Pasquale L. Scandizzo, 1982. "The Demand for Calories in Developing Countries," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 64(1), pages 80-86.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:64:y:1982:i:1:p:80-86.
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    4. Burggraf, Christine, 2017. "Russian demand for dietary quality: Nutrition transition, diet quality measurement, and health investment theory," Studies on the Agricultural and Food Sector in Transition Economies 269539, Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO).
    5. Edmeades, Svetlana, 2005. "A Hedonic Perspective to Estimating a Marginal Value Function for a Subsistence Crop," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19500, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    6. Hihn, Jairus & Lane, Sylvia, 1986. "Economic and Sociodemographic Variables Affecting Nutritional Quality of Diets," CUDARE Working Papers 198299, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

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