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Food consumption and diet quality choices of Roma in Romania: A counterfactual analysis

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  • Ciaian, Pavel
  • Cupák, Andrej
  • Pokrivčák, Ján
  • Rizov, Marian

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This paper analyses the diet quality aspect of food security of Roma in Romania. We employ a modified Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition technique using Household Budget Survey data for the period 2004-2011. The estimates suggest that Roma have inferior diet quality compared to the non-Roma. Around one-third of the diet quality gap is explained by the differences in observed socio-economic factors, whereas the remaining part of the gap is attributed to unobserved factors. We argue that the unexplained component of the diet quality gap is caused by the discrimination of the Roma on the labour market and by their specific informal institutions.

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  • Ciaian, Pavel & Cupák, Andrej & Pokrivčák, Ján & Rizov, Marian, 2017. "Food consumption and diet quality choices of Roma in Romania: A counterfactual analysis," 2017 International Congress, August 28-September 1, 2017, Parma, Italy 261160, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    Keywords

    Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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