Unformatted text preview: Lecture 10
Poverty and Undernutrition
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).
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
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.
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