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The Changing Pattern of Undernutrition in India: A Comparative Analysis across Regions


  • Meenakshi J V
  • Brinda Viswanathan



This study analyses the changes in prevalence of undernutrition between the 1980s and 1990s at the national and sub-national levels in India and focuses on the rural-urban comparisons. The study exploits the demographic information available in household surveys to derive a household-specific norm as the calorie cutoff point to measure undernutrition, instead of the single per capita norm used in most other studies. [Research Paper No. 2006/118].

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  • Meenakshi J V & Brinda Viswanathan, 2008. "The Changing Pattern of Undernutrition in India: A Comparative Analysis across Regions," Working Papers id:1342, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:1342
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    1. Chand, Ramesh & Jumrani, Jaya, 2013. "Food Security and Undernourishment in India: Assessment of Alternative Norms and the Income Effect," Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, vol. 68(1).


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