Journal Article

The Link between Poverty and Undernourishment: Uncovering a Methodological Flaw

Silke Gabbert and Hans-Peter Weikard

in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 27, issue 1, pages 150-155
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 2040-5790
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 2040-5804 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9353.2005.00214.x
The Link between Poverty and Undernourishment: Uncovering a Methodological Flaw

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In their Food Security Assessment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture uses income data and a cross-country Engel curve for food energy (energy—income curve) to estimate distribution-sensitive food gaps of developing countries. In a recent Review of Agricultural Economics paper, Senauer and Sur use the same methodology to estimate headcount ratios of undernourishment. We show that the estimated Engel curve underestimates individual food consumption and, hence, overestimates food gaps and headcount ratios due to a serious flaw in the methodology.

Keywords: I320; J110; O150; Q110

Journal Article.  2015 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Welfare and Poverty ; Demographic Economics ; Agricultural Economics ; Economic Development

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