System of Promoting Appropriate National Dynamism
for Agriculture and Nutrition


Prices, Expenditure and Nutrition in India

Publisher: ASARC Working Paper

Building on a recent important contribution by Deaton and Dreze (2009), the analysis sheds new light on why the calorie Engel curve shifted down-especially in rural India- over the period 1993–2004. The puzzle for the longer period analysed by Deaton and Dreze (2009) is that despite higher incomes per capita calorie consumption was lower at a given level of per capita household expenditure, across the expenditure scale, in 2004. In trying to resolve this puzzle, they are emphatic that the decline in calorie intake reflects lower calorie requirements due mainly to better health and lower activity levels. Using a standard demand framework, the resolution used here is different.

Author(s): Raghav Gaiha, Raghbendra Jha, Vani Kulkarni | Views(332) | Download (170)

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