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The Caloric Costs of Culture: Evidence from Indian Migrants

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Can culture constrain caloric intake and contribute to malnutrition? Inter-state migrants within India consume fewer calories per Rupee of food expenditure compared to their non-migrant neighbors, even for households with very low caloric intake. [BREAD Working Paper No. 389]. URL:[http://ipl.econ.duke.edu/bread/papers/working/389.pdf].

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  • David Atkin, 2013. "The Caloric Costs of Culture: Evidence from Indian Migrants," Working Papers id:5363, eSocialSciences.
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    Keywords

    migrants; households; malnutrition; Anthropologists; cultural food preferences; nutrition; food; interstate migrants; inter-state; cultural food; calorie;

    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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