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The Indian Public Distribution System as Provider of Food Security: Evidence from Child Anthropometry in Andhra Pradesh


  • Alessandro Tarozzi

    (Princeton University)


We study whether a sudden increase of the price of rice supplied by the Indian Public Distribution System in Andhra Pradesh, a large Indian state, had a negative impact on child weight. After the price increase, the Indian National Family Health Survey started measuring weight in a sample of children in Andhra Pradesh. The data collection continued for several months, so that children measured later in the survey lived for a longer period of time in a less favorable price regime. We study whether this implied a worsening of their nutritional status as measured by weight, but we do not find evidence supporting this hypothesis.

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  • Alessandro Tarozzi, 2002. "The Indian Public Distribution System as Provider of Food Security: Evidence from Child Anthropometry in Andhra Pradesh," Working Papers 185, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Research Program in Development Studies..
  • Handle: RePEc:pri:rpdevs:tarozzi_the_indian_public_distribution_system_as_provider_of_food_security_eer.pdf

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    JEL classification:

    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy; Animal Welfare Policy


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