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Estimating the Demand for Calories in India

Philip J. Dawson and Richard Tiffin

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 80, issue 3, pages 474-481
Published in print August 1998 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online August 1998 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1244550
Estimating the Demand for Calories in India

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This article examines the long-run relationship between per capita calorie intake, per capita income, and food prices using aggregate data for India, 1961–1992. Cointegration analysis yields an income elasticity of calorie intake of 0.34, while the food-price elasticity is insignificant. Thus, economic growth in India, as measured by increasing per capita income, has significantly improved calorie intake; future income growth can alleviate further inadequate nutrition. However, significant improvements in calorie intake cannot be made directly by food subsidies. A further result is that calorie intake is Granger-caused by income and not vice versa: income generation is unconstrained by calorie intake.

Keywords: calorie intake; cointegration; Granger-causality; India; O150; Q110

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Subjects: Agricultural Economics ; Economic Development

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