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Alok Bhargava

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269143.001.0001

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Demand for food and nutrients in developing countries

Demand for food and nutrients in developing countries

(p.17) 2 Demand for food and nutrients in developing countries
Food, Economics, and Health

Alok Bhargava

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses various issues arising from the estimation of income elasticities of energy and nutrients using different types of data from developing countries. While it is reasonable to expect that food consumption depends on habit persistence and individuals' requirements, most microeconomic studies have not addressed these issues in detail. Moreover, from a food policy standpoint, it is important to investigate how diets change with household incomes in developing countries.

Keywords:   income elasticities, energy, nutrients, food intake, developing countries, diet, food policy

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