publication . Article . 2012

Hunger and the Externalities of Dietary Preferences: Demand-Side Considerations of the Current Dietary Paradigm

Anastasia Pseiridis;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2012 Journal: South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics, volume 10, issue 1, pages 1-23
Abstract
World hunger and the latest increases in global food prices are mainly dealt with by measures aimed at boosting supply and allowing markets to function more effectively. Motivated by the persistence of world hunger, we do not intend to contribute to either theory or empirical analysis in economics; we rather aim to show that current research and policies are locked in a sort of scientific paradigm which takes as given our dietary preferences, which are in fact fundamental in creating resource shortages and thus are correlated with world hunger. We bring together current scientific knowledge on nutrition, economics, and environmental studies, to illustrate that o...
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free text keywords: hunger, externalities, consumer preferences, industrial ecology, sustainable development, jel:D62, jel:D11, jel:Q01, jel:Q56, jel:Q57
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