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Nutrition and Poverty

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

Edited By: SR Osmani

366 pages, Illus

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Dec 1993 | #25811 | ISBN: 0198283962
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About this book

This volume addresses issues arising from the definition and measurement of poverty in terms of nutritional status. A high degree of nutritional deprivation is considered to be an indicator of poverty. Hence the definition of an appropriate nutritional yardstick and its measurement are of crucial significance for determining the level and magnitude of poverty. The book also debates energy related deprivation and evaluates the respective merits of making comparisons of calorie intake against an average reference standard and making comparisons of anthropometric measurements of the body with some reference standard. Gender bias in the incidence of nutritional deprivation is also considered. Contributors: Sudhir Anand, J. R. Behrman, Roderick Floud, Robert W. Fogel, C. Gopalan, Christopher Harris, Nank C. Kakwani, S. R. Osmani, P. R. Payne, and T. N. Srinavasan.


Contents

Undernutrition - measurement and implications, C. Gopalan; assessing undernutrition - the need for a reconceptualization, P. Payne; undernutrition - concepts, measurements and policy implications, T.R. Srinivasen; on some controversies in the measurement of undernutrition, S.R. Osmani; measuring undernutrition with variable calorie requirements, N.C. Kakwani; issues in the measurement of undernutrition, S. Anand and C.J. Harris; anthropometric measures of nutritional status in industrialized societies - Europe and North America since 1750, R. Floud; second thoughts on the European escape from hunger - famines, chronic malnutrition and mortality rates, R.W. Fogel; intra-household allocation of nutrients and gender effects - a survey of structural and reduced-form estimates, J.R. Behrman.

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