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Nutrition, Activity Intensity and Wage Linkages: Evidence from India

  • Katsushi S. Imai

    (Economics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester (UK) and RIEB, Kobe University (Japan))

  • Samuel Kobina Annim

    (Economics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester (UK) and Department of Economics, University of Cape Coast (Ghana))

  • Veena S. Kulkarni

    (Arkansas State University, USA)

  • Raghav Gaiha

    (Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, India)

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    The present study tests the twin hypotheses, namely, (a) the poverty nutrition trap hypothesis that wages affect nutritional status, and (b) the activity hypothesis that activity intensity affects adult nutrition as measured by the Body Mass Index (BMI) in the context of India. The analyses draw upon three rounds of National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data in 1992, 1998 and 2005 and National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) data in 2005. Our results indicate strong support for both the hypotheses in India. Physically intensive activity tends to worsen the nutritional conditions and there is evidence for a poverty nutrition trap associated with labor market participation.

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    Paper provided by Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number DP2012-10.

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    Length: 37 pages
    Date of creation: Mar 2012
    Date of revision: May 2014
    Handle: RePEc:kob:dpaper:dp2012-10
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