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Nutrition Knowledge, Household Coping, and the Demand for Micronutrient-Rich Foods

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This study applies both parametric and non-parametric techniques to a new household data set from rural Indonesia to explain previous findings of a reduced-form relationship between nutrition knowledge and child micronutrient status. Households of mothers with and without nutrition knowledge allocate identical budget shares to food; yet, within the food budget, knowledge households allocate substantially larger shares to micronutrient-rich foods and smaller chares to rice than do non-knowledge households. Knowledge households are also less willing to sacrifice consumption of micronutrient-rich foods in the face of increased staple food prices than are non-knowledge households. Differences are not attributable to differences in maternal schooling.

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  • Steven Block, 2003. "Nutrition Knowledge, Household Coping, and the Demand for Micronutrient-Rich Foods," Working Papers in Food Policy and Nutrition 20, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
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    Keywords

    Child nutrition; Indonesia; education; regulation;

    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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