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The Indian Public Distribution System as Provider of Food Security: Evidence from Child Nutrition in Andhra Pradesh

Posted: 11 Feb 2005  

Abstract

We study whether a sudden increase of the price of rice supplied by the Indian Public Distribution System in Andhra Pradesh, a large Indian state, had a negative impact on child nutrition. A few months after the price increase, a health survey started to record weight for a large sample of children. The data collection continued for several months, so that children measured later lived for a longer period of time in a less favorable price regime. Using different estimation techniques we find that longer exposure to high prices are not accompanied by worse nutritional status, as measured by weight-for-age.

Keywords: Food policy, child nutrition, in-kind transfers, program evaluation

JEL Classification: I12, I38, H42, H53, O15, Q18

Suggested Citation

Tarozzi, Alessandro, The Indian Public Distribution System as Provider of Food Security: Evidence from Child Nutrition in Andhra Pradesh. European Economic Review, Vol. 49, No. 5, pp. 1305-1330, July 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=665041

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