publication . Article . 1982

The Demand for Calories in Developing Countries

Pasquale Lucio Scandizzo; Odin K. Knudsen;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 1982 Journal: American Journal of Agricultural Economics, volume 64, issue 1, pages 80-86
This paper uses household survey data on consumption to analyze the determinants of calorie intakes in developing countries. It relies on characteristic demand analysis for a demand function specification for calories. It explores the effect of calories price differences, income, and other socioeconomic factors on the intracountry and intercountry distribution of calorie intakes. The paper reaches three broad conclusions: (i) both income and price elasticities of demand for calories are below unity and are substantial for poorer consumers; (ii) even a moderate increase in calorie prices implies a large nutritional sacrifice for the poor if present income growth ...
free text keywords: Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous), Economics and Econometrics, Household survey, International economics, Developing country, Redistribution (cultural anthropology), Economics, Price elasticity of demand, Demographic economics, Demand curve, Calorie, Socioeconomic status, Malnutrition, medicine.disease, medicine
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