Food Insecurity and Rising Food Prices: What Do We Learn from Experiential Measures?

31 Pages Posted: 15 May 2018

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Dean Jolliffe

World Bank; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ilana Julie Seff

Columbia University

Alejandro de la Fuente

World Bank - Poverty and Equity Global Practice

Date Written: May 14, 2018

Abstract

Throughout many countries in the world, the measurement of food security currently includes accounting for the importance of perception and anxiety about meeting basic food needs. Using panel data from Malawi, this paper shows that worrying about food security is linked to self-reports of having experienced food insecurity, and the analysis provides evidence that rapidly rising food prices are a source of the anxiety and experiences of food insecurity. This finding controls for individual-level fixed effects and changes in the economic well-being of the individual. A particularly revealing finding of the importance of accounting for anxiety in assessing food insecurity is that individuals report a significant increase in experiences of food insecurity in the presence of rapidly rising food prices even when dietary diversity and caloric intake is stable.

Keywords: Nutrition, Inflation, Inequality, Food Security

Suggested Citation

Jolliffe, Dean Mitchell and Seff, Ilana Julie and de la Fuente, Alejandro, Food Insecurity and Rising Food Prices: What Do We Learn from Experiential Measures? (May 14, 2018). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8442. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3178465

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Alejandro De la Fuente

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