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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 10 Poverty and Undernutrition Readings Tables and figures in this lecture are taken from: Chapter 8 of Ray (1998) Chapter 4 of Deaton (1997) ◮ Class based on Subramanian, S. and Deaton, A. (1996): The Demand for Food and Calories. Journal of Political Economy, 104 (1). Introduction Development economics’ objective: Improve human welfare. However, welfare is multidimensional, for example, income and nutrition have many dimensions, being poor and being undernourished are not quite the same thing. Big question: Will rising economic welfare (associated, for example, with economic diversification and the green revolution) lead to reductions in calorific undernutrition. Until recently, it was widely accepted in international policy circles that income growth has an important role to play in improving the nutrition of the poor. Recent studies like Behrman and Deolalikar (Journal of Political Economy, 1987) has questioned the strength of the association between income and nutrition. Changes in income have a comparatively small impact on nutrient intake. 195 ...
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