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Analyzing perceived hunger across states in the US


  • Daniel J. Slottje

    () (Department of Economics, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75275, USA)

  • Hang K. Ryu

    () (Department of Economics, Chung Ang University, Seoul, Korea)


This paper focuses on the problem of analyzing how factors impact hunger across states when hunger is ill-defined. Hunger (which is a latent variable) is presumed to depend on macroeconomic, legislation, policy, and demographic variables. Based on the Bayesian method of a posterior odds ratios, we find that the high school graduation rate appears to be the single most important factor we identify which affects the perceived hunger measure.

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  • Daniel J. Slottje & Hang K. Ryu, 1999. "Analyzing perceived hunger across states in the US," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 24(2), pages 323-329.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:24:y:1999:i:2:p:323-329
    Note: received: December 1996/final version received: September 1998

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    Quantifying hunger;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty


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