Food price subsidies and nutrition: evidence from state reforms to India's public distribution system

Krishnamurthy, Prasad, Pathania, Vikram and Tandon, Sharad (2016) Food price subsidies and nutrition: evidence from state reforms to India's public distribution system. Economic Development and Cultural Change. ISSN 0013-0079 (Accepted)

[img] PDF - Accepted Version
Restricted to SRO admin only

Download (723kB)

Abstract

We investigate whether food price subsidies affect household nutrition using a dramatic expansion of the availability of subsidized rice in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh in the early 2000's. Households in Chhattisgarh improved their nutritional intake relative to households in districts bordering the state as the availability of subsidized rice expanded. This increase is driven by households most likely to be eligible for rice subsidies, and we do not find evidence that households least likely to be eligible changed their diet. These results differ from recent studies suggesting that food subsidies may have little eff
ect on nutrition.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Public Distribution System, Nutrition, India
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0601 Food and food supply in relation to public health
Depositing User: Vikram Pathania
Date Deposited: 20 May 2016 06:29
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 05:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61071

View download statistics for this item

📧 Request an update