Food Quality, Calories, and Household Income Skoufias, Emmanuel Di Maro, Vincenzo González-Cossío, Teresa Rodríguez Ramirez, Sonia 2013-04-25T20:31:57Z 2013-04-25T20:31:57Z 2011-06-24
dc.description.abstract We investigate the relationship between calories, food quality and household per capita expenditure using regression and semiparametric methods on a sample of poor households from rural Mexico, where Programa de Apoyo Alimentario (PAL), a targeted nutritional programme, is operating. The semiparametric method yields an estimate of the elasticity between calories and expenditure of 0.39 below the median and 0.28 above. The corresponding estimates of the elasticity of the calorie price are 0.48 below the median and 0.45 above. We also examine the extent to which the expenditure elasticity of the calorie price is explained by substitution between and within major food groups. We find that there is a very high incidence of substitution within cereals (especially for poor households) and that between group substitution explains at most 59% of the income elasticity for food quality. These estimates suggest that the potential of a cash transfer programme to have a positive impact on the food diversity and the nutritional status of households is quite limited. en
dc.identifier.citation Applied Economics
dc.identifier.issn 0003-6846
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis
dc.relation.ispartofseries Applied Economics;43(28)
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holder World Bank
dc.subject calorie-income elasticity
dc.subject price of calories
dc.subject food consumption
dc.subject food quality
dc.title Food Quality, Calories, and Household Income en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.type Article de journal fr
dc.type Artículo de revista es
dspace.entity.type Publication
okr.doctype Journal Article
okr.externalcontent External Content
okr.globalpractice Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience
okr.globalpractice Health, Nutrition, and Population
okr.journal.nbpages 4331-4342
okr.language.supported en
okr.peerreview Academic Peer Review Mexico
okr.theme Rural development :: Other rural development
okr.topic Health, Nutrition and Population
okr.topic Rural Development
okr.volume 43(28)
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