Calorie Deprivation and Poverty Nutrition Trap in Rural India

26 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2006

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Raghbendra Jha

Australian National University (ANU) - Australia South Asia Research Centre (ASARC); Crawford School of Public Policy

Raghav Gaiha

University of Delhi - Department of Economics; Australian National University (ANU)

Anurag Sharma

Monash University - Centre for Health Economics

Date Written: April 2006

Abstract

This paper tests for the existence of a Poverty Nutrition Trap (PNT) in the case of the nutrient most likely to have productivity impacts, i.e., calories, for three categories of wages - sowing, harvesting, and other - and for male and female workers separately. We use household level national data for rural India for the period January to June 1994. We use robust sample selection procedures due to Tobit methods and due to Heckman to arrive at consistent estimates. It is discovered that the PNT exists for women workers engaged in harvesting and sowing in the case of the Heckman methodology. In the case of the Tobit analysis a PNT exists in the case of female harvest, male other, and female other categories of wages.

Keywords: Calorie deprivation, Poverty Nutrition Trap, Tobit Models

JEL Classification: C34, I32, J21, J43

Suggested Citation

Jha, Raghbendra and Gaiha, Raghav and Sharma, Anurag, Calorie Deprivation and Poverty Nutrition Trap in Rural India (April 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=896021 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.896021

Raghbendra Jha (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Australia South Asia Research Centre (ASARC) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia
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Crawford School of Public Policy

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Raghav Gaiha

University of Delhi - Department of Economics ( email )

Delhi-110007
India

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Anurag Sharma

Monash University - Centre for Health Economics ( email )

Building 75
Clayton
Melbourne, VIC 3800
Australia
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