Food Preference and Nutrition in India

66 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2011

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Sourabh Paul

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Department of Economics; Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Date Written: August 30, 2011

Abstract

I present some estimates for India that demonstrate that structural changes in the impact of income on food demand have been significant factors driving the changes in dietary patterns in this rapidly growing economy. A Quadratic Almost Ideal Demand System is estimated for six food groups. The estimation results confirm a shift in taste of both rural and urban households that explains low demand for nutrient-rich inexpensive food and a greater variety of expensive sources of nutrients. The quality of diet has been falling in terms of excessive fat intake with no sign of significant improvement in diet quality in terms of other nutrients.

Keywords: Food preference, Nutrition, India

JEL Classification: D12, I12

Suggested Citation

Paul, Sourabh Bikas, Food Preference and Nutrition in India (August 30, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1960295 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1960295

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