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Effects of Food Price Shocks on Child Malnutrition

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  • Channing Arndt
  • M. Azhar Hussain
  • Lars Peter Østerdal

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A propitiously timed household survey carried out in Mozambique over the period 2008-09 permits us to evaluate the short-to-medium run relationship between sudden shocks to food prices and child nutrition status. We link local price inflation with child malnutrition status. We find that the prevalence of underweight amongst children rises in response to a higher inflation rate for basic food products. Stunting and wasting malnutrition measures are mostly insensitive to the inflation rate.

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  • Channing Arndt & M. Azhar Hussain & Lars Peter Østerdal, 2012. "Effects of Food Price Shocks on Child Malnutrition," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2012-089, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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