The Transformation of Hunger Revisited

25 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2013

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Ian Gazeley

University of Sussex

Andrew Newell

University of Sussex - School of Social Sciences & Cultural Studies; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Mintewab Bezabih

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Abstract

We examine Trevon Logan's 2009 claim to have found low levels of nutrition among British worker's households in the late 19th century. Using the same data, we conclude that Logan's estimates are thirty percent too low. Logan buttressed his estimates by claiming that the income elasticity of calories demand was unusually high among these households, relative to other estimates, reflecting great hunger. We find that the elasticity is high, but not outside the range observed in other data sets. We also warn against the simple assertion that a high elasticity implies hunger.

Keywords: nutrition, living standards, worker's households, late 19th century, Britain

JEL Classification: I15, I32, N33

Suggested Citation

Gazeley, Ian and Newell, Andrew T. and Bezabih, Mintewab, The Transformation of Hunger Revisited. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7275. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2238308

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Andrew T. Newell

University of Sussex - School of Social Sciences & Cultural Studies ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

Mintewab Bezabih

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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