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Policies for a better-fed world

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  • Abhijit Banerjee

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A wide range of interventions, from subsidized grains all the way to conditions on nutrition in conditional cash transfers, have either been tried or put in place in different countries in order to fight under-nutrition. A number of important policy experiments in recent years, directly or indirectly, offer important insights into how best to design these interventions. This essay is an attempt to pull together some of those insights, with the aim of saying something about what the optimal design should look like. Copyright Kiel Institute 2016

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  • Abhijit Banerjee, 2016. "Policies for a better-fed world," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 152(1), pages 3-17, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:weltar:v:152:y:2016:i:1:p:3-17
    DOI: 10.1007/s10290-015-0236-7
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    1. Simioni, Michel & Thomas-Agnan, Christine & Trinh, Thi-Huong, 2017. "A Fresh Look at the Nutrition Transition in Vietnam using Semiparametric Modeling," TSE Working Papers 17-842, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).
    2. Oriana Bandiera & Robin Burgess & Narayan Das & Selim Gulesci & Imran Rasul & Munshi Sulaiman, 2017. "Labor Markets and Poverty in Village Economies," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 132(2), pages 811-870.

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    Keywords

    Nutrition; Cash transfers; Policy experiments; I18; I38;

    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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